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Can You Have Strep Throat Without Symptoms
Strep carrier: People who are strep 'carriers' are colonized with the bacteria in their throats and intermittently can be symptom free. People who have recurrent sore throats and positive Rapid Strep swabs might want to be checked for this by having a throat culture performed when no symptoms are present. ...Read more
Term use: We usually reserve this lay term for a sore throat where we find group a streptococcus present and give it credit as the cause. For most it will be. However, at least 5% of the population will carry strep a in their throat at any time and blood tests confirm they are not becoming infected. They just carry it and may pass it to others who do become infected. ...Read more
Continuously: We are aware that some individuals appear resistant to the invasive character of group a streptococcus and can carry it for an indefinite period without symptoms. Estimate cite 5% of the population year round increasing to 20% during the cold seasons. This factor is likely the reason strep seams to occur year round from unknown sources. ...Read more
I went to the doctor and told my symptoms he looked into my mouth and said I have strep throat without doing any other tests is this wrong?
Can you have strep throat symptoms for just one day, I awoke yesterday with fever_ sore throat, no cough or runny nose but woke up today and was fine?
Several: Sore throat, usually fever, a whittish covering over the tonsils, a fetid or foul breath, red spots on the soft part of the upper back of the throat, painful swallowing, enlarged tonsils, enlarged uvulae. Perhaps a rash (sandpaper like) over the body and enlarged lymph nodes. You may have strep and not notice it so much. It can be mild. If suspected, get tested and treated. ...Read more
Strep throat symptom: Sxs of strep throat can include: large, red painful tonsils with white exudates; small red dots on the roof of the mouth; swollen lymph nodes on the neck; fever, headache, rash, difficulty swallowing, fatigue & rash. Complications can include infection of middle ear, sinuses, tonsils, skin & blood; scarlet fever, inflammation of the kidney (glomerulonephritis) & eventually rheumatic fever. ...Read more
Lucky vs unlucky: In some lucky ones (probably the majority) the symptoms subside in 3-7 days and nothing bad happens at all. In some, the germ makes an erythrotoxin that produces a sunburn like rash that causes itching & skin pealing. In some, the body develops antibodies that can cause kidney damage & high blood pressure. In some, the antibodies attack the heart or brain producing rheumatic fever & long term pbs. ...Read more
About 7 days: Usually lasts about a week.Get a more detailed answer ›
Depends on variables: Once you have started treatment you become less contagious with each passing hour. By 24 hrs after starting a penicillin drug, the chance of random passage to others has declined enough to resume your routine. During that first 24 hrs, wash hands a lot, kiss no one, and limit outings to those required to get through the day. ...Read more
No: Continual pretreatment before proof of infection can only lead to resistance, superinfection and poor care. In addition to complications. ...Read more
A lifetime: There are some people that can carry strep & never get infected, ever. Who & why is not easy to study. The average carry rate by asymptomatic people has been quoted as 5% in the summer and upwards of 25% during the winter. Some of these carriers are likely treated for strep when they have simple viruses that cause symptoms as only blood testing could confirm a true infection. ...Read more
2 to 5 days: The incubation time is 2 to 5 days. You do not need to be tested unless you develop some symptoms. ...Read more
What exactly does it mean if someone has all the symptoms of strep throat but they don't have it?
Viral/mono: Perhaps the major cause of throat related symptoms are related to upper respiratory viruses from several families. One of the best known is the eb virus that causes most mono cases. Other rhino, adeno and respiratory viruses are significant causes. If you don't have strep, comfort measures are your main form of treatment along with proper hydration. ...Read more
How long does a strep throat last? Do I suppose to hold all activities until symptoms are better?
I got diagnosed with strep throat 3 days ago but my boyfriend doesn't seem to have any symptoms is there still a chance he has it or no?
Maybe.: He could have had the same strain of strep that you have before and is now immune to that one. Or he may not show symptoms yet, because he was exposed later, and will start having symptoms in the next week or so. If he has any symptoms, even just a runny nose or only vomiting or stomach ache, that could be strep, but without a sore throat and it needs treatment then, too. ...Read more
Typical symptoms: sore throat, fever of greater than 38 °c (100 °f), tonsillar exudates (pus on the tonsils), and large cervical lymph nodes.
Other symptoms: headache, n/v, abdominal pain, muscle pain, or a scarlatiniform rash or palatal petechiae (small bleeding), the latter being an uncommon but highly specific finding. Consult doc if you have these symptoms. Good luck. ...Read more
Pain on swallowing,,: Pain on swallowing, sore throat, fever, chills, fatigue, and enlarged tonsils and cervical lymph nodes. Diagnosis is by throat culture, and this can be done in a walk-in clinic on the same day. Treatment is with benzathine penicillin/penicillin x 10 days, and it is important to get it within 9 days of onset, before possible acute renal failure that can rarely happen with this disease. ...Read more
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