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Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more


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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?

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

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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?

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

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How do you know if you have strep throat?

Criteria: There are four key criteria that your doctor will use to diagnose: fever, adenopathy (swollen glands), absence of cough, and exudates on the back of your throat. If you have multiple combinations of these, go see your doctor for verification and treatment. Good luck! ...Read more

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What does it look like if you have strep throat?

What does it look like if you have strep throat?

Strep appearance: The physical findings of a Strep throat infection can be variable but usually consists of redness, inflammation, enlarged lymph nodes under the chin/throat and white patches to the tonsils. ...Read more

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What can you do to tell if you have strep throat?

What can you do to tell if you have strep throat?

Streph test: You need a streph test to know for sure. Tonsils may be beefy red with white exudates. Lymph nodes may be swollen. May have fever & pain with swallowing. ...Read more

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What is a good way to determine if you have strep throat?

What is a good way to determine if you have strep throat?

Strep test/ culture: It is diagnosed with a strep test & culture. 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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How would you determine if you have strep throat and how would you treat it in about a week?

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

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Can you go swimming if you have strep throat?

Can you go swimming if you have strep throat?

24 hours after abx: Assuming you are being treated appropriately with antibiotics, you will not be contagious 24 hours after starting antibiotics. ...Read more

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Can you have strep throat and have no symptoms?

Can you have strep throat and have no 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

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How might you have strep throat with no symptoms?

How might you have strep throat with no symptoms?

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

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What can you do to tell if you have strep throat vs soar throat?

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

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Once you have strep throat are you immune to it or can you catch again?

Once you have strep throat are you immune to it or can you catch again?

Repeat common: Strep a is a bacteria that you can acquire and become sick with repeatedly. ...Read more

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Do you think it could be a bad idea to get high when you have strep throat?

Same as if not sick: Getting high while you have strep throat is "as bad" as if you didn't have strep throat. I will leave it at that. ...Read more

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What to do when you have strep throat or bad laryngitis on a trip?

What to do when you have strep throat or bad laryngitis on a trip?

Don't kiss: Donot kiss. Go to nearest doctor get it treated. Otc antihistamin is helpful in the mean time. ...Read more

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How to determine whether you have strep throat or sore throat?

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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What do they do at the doctor to diagnose if you have strep throat?

Exam + test: The general exam focused on the appearance of the throat & mouth lead to suspicion of the disorder. A swab of the throat can be submitted for a quick antigen test (minutes) or culture (24hrs) to verify the dx. ...Read more

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Could it be a good idea to go to urgent care if you think you have strep throat?

Could it be a good idea to go to urgent care if you think you have strep throat?

Depends: It would help confirm and start treatment if you did. However, the complications of strep throat are prevented if you get treatment started within the first 9 days of the start of symptoms. If you know you could get in to see your regular doc in that timeframe it could wait. Yet you would also potentially be spreading it to others over the wait period. Just do what is best for your situation. ...Read more

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Is it normal to bleed from the throat if you have strep throat? I started taking Amoxicillin since yesterday.

Is it normal to bleed from the throat if you have strep throat? I started taking Amoxicillin since yesterday.

Yes: These questions are difficult to answer because the answer depends on amount of blood, your severity of pain and response of symptoms to the Amoxil (amoxicillin) whether to investigate and how urgently to investigate further. ...Read more

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Do you get pains in your brain when you have strep throat?

Do you get pains in your brain when you have strep throat?

Headache: Headache is a very common symptom of strep throat, as is stomachache, nausea, vomiting, and, of course, sore throat and fever. ...Read more

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Can you have strep throat without having a sore throat?

Can you have strep throat without having 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 more

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How do you tell if you have strep throat vs sore throat?

How do you tell if you have strep throat vs sore throat?

See below: Most sore throats are viral pharyngitis. Fever, severe throat pain, an exudate (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

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How can you tell if you have strep throat or a viral infection?

How can you tell if you have strep throat or a viral infection?

Throat culture: Is the most specific means to determining the exact cause of a sore throat. Rapid tests such as throat swabs will detect Strep infections with 80% accuracy, but will provide no information about a specific viral cause. Blood tests may be helpful in determining if antibiotics are warranted. Be wary of those who diagnose a throat infection by sight alone. ...Read more

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What does it mean if you have strep throat, and red, swollen gums too?

Not unusual: It is not uncommon for your strep throat to spread to other areas of your mouth
make sure you keep it clean. As possible
if your gums stay swollen after your strep is gone then see a periodontist to evaluate your gums. ...Read more

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If you have strep throat, does this mean you have a weaken immune system or weak immune system? Thank You

If you have strep throat, does this mean you have a weaken immune system or weak immune system? Thank You

Susceptible vs weak: Some people can carry strep in their throat without ever getting sick, but most develop an illness within 12 hours. It doesn't mean your system is weak, but you are susceptible. ...Read more

Strep Throat (Definition)

A throat infection caused by a strep bacteria that responds ...Read more