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Can You Have Strep Without A Sore Throat
Words matter: "strep throat" is the lay term for a symptomatic illness caused by the strep germ. Since 5 % or more people carry this germ in their throat without ever getting ill, most would ignore it unless symptoms were involved. The "carrier" is one of the reasons we see this type of infection passed around all year long.The carrier can pass it to someone who develops the illness. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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Sure: Many people have mono and don' even know they are sick. The illness has a wide range of symptoms, from just feeling a little under the weather for a day or tow to the full blown complex of sore throat, enlarged liver and spleen with intense fatigue and everything in between. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How to tell a cold from strep throat? Do you always have a fever with strep? Will there be white patches on throat? I have a cough and sore throat.
See a physician: 26 year old male with sore throat and cough. Most cases of sore throat are viral, whereas strep is a bacterial cause of sore throat. It is hard to tell the difference at home. Even physicians have a difficult time distinguishing between strep and viral infection based on history alone. Please see a primary care physician for a thorough physical exam and also a strep test for a definitive diagnosis ...Read more
See Below: You mean do I have a viral pharyngitis or a strep throat. Most sore throats are due to viral infection. Fever, pus on your pharynx or tonsils or enlarged lymph nodes near the angle of your jaws suggests the need for a rapid strep throat test. Viral pharyngitis should resolve without treatment in a few days. Take some over the counter throat lozenges and tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain relief. ...Read more
Yes and no: You can be an asymptomatic carrier of the germ who does not get sick with it.Up to 4% of people are carriers year round & they don't show blood test evidence of a strep infection.Some that have an infection have symptoms mild enough not to realize they are sick. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Sometimes medications can irritate the throat (especially some powder forms of medications) but generally pills and liquids do not, unless a pill gets "stuck" when swallowing it. Best to "chase" it with a good 8-10 ounces of water to make sure it goes down. Hope this was helpful. Dr R ...Read more
Strept throat: You could be carrying the bacteria in your oral cavity or you were exposed to it & still in the incubation period which is about 5 days, Until you actually start to have symptoms, to make sure you can ask your doctor to do a quick strep test, or just gargle with antiseptic mouth wash. Good luck. ...Read more
Two issues: Tonsillitis is a nonspecific term designating the tonsils as inflamed ; may occur with many germs including strep. Strep throat indicates a specific agent streptococcus group a which is easily confirmed with a quick test or culture. While viral tonsillitis requires no abx ; will self heal, strep needs rx to prevent complications ; prevent spread within the community. ...Read more
Strep test & culture: Your dr can odor tests to determine if your sore throat is due to a strep infection. 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. ...Read more
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