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Can You Smoke If You Have Strep Throat
I have strep throat (2nd day of symptoms) but am a cigarette smoker. I smoke around 6-10 cigarettes a day will this make my strep worse?
This certainly can: make your throat feel worse. It won't necessarily make the actual strep infection worse, but perhaps you could take this opportunity to quit and improve your overall health. ...Read more
Hey, I never really smoked before but yesterday I had a few and now I have some white spots on my throat. strep throat? Mononucleosis? Infection?
Likely an infection: Most sore throats are caused by viruses and do not require antibiotics. Rest. Drink lots of fluids. Gargle with warm salt water 4 x/day. Take Tylenol (acetaminophen) up to 4 times/day if you have a fever or feel uncomfortable. If your symptoms do not improve in 4-5 days you should have a strep test. If strep throat is not treated with antibiotics, it can lead to serious consequences. DON'T SMOKE! ...Read more
Strep test/ culture: For significant sore throat with swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician & get a strep throat test/ culture. If you have strep throat, antibiotic therapy is imperative to prevent future complications. Consider tylenol (acetaminophen) or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications. Saltwater gargles: mix 1 tsp salt in 8 oz warm water – gargle several times a day. Or gargle with aloe vera juice twice a day. ...Read more
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
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