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Can You Talk With Strep Throat
Friend dx w/ strep throat 2day. With her yesterday and talking closeup. Didn't share drinks or nething. What is me & 1yr olds risk? When in the clear?
Should be OK:
As long as "just talking" u may be OK! . Strep is spread with close physical contact like sharing objects, kissing etc.
You can suspect strep if you develop sore or itchy throat over the next week. Your one year old should be safe as strep is very unusual in that age group. ...Read more
Is strep throat as easy to catch as a common cold? Can I catch it just by talking to someone that has it or do we have to share drinks, kiss etc?
Easy to catch: People can catch strep throat without direct contact, sharing drinks, or kissing. Strep is a little less easy to catch than catching a cold. Colds tend to cause coughing, which spews out airborne viruses, making colds more contagious. Patients sometimes have both illnesses at the same time, because both colds and strep throats are common infections. ...Read more
Hello. Yesterday I was told I have strep throat for the second time in the last month. The urgent care put me on Zpak and now I can't swallow or talk and barely can move my neck?
Return to UC: Also demand a mononucleosis test if not performed. ...Read more
Had strep throat for a week. Now I have an extremely sharp pain on the right side of my upper/lower jaw/ear. It hurts to eat/talk. What could this be?
I have a sore throat but I can't tell if its strep throat cause I have no lymph glands no more but it hurt to eat, drink and talk can it b step or sore?
Streph Throat Test: Please get a streph throat test - don't guess. ...Read more
Strep throat 12/23 aggressively tx'd. Getting sore throats often now. While talking I felt a crack back of throat felt dry, big coughing fit, tonsils?
See doctor...: Your symptoms can be related to a number of things including post-nasal drip from allergies. Removing your tonsils is not necessarily the answer here; however, to really help determine what is going on you need to return to your physician for an examination. ...Read more
My voice is different like scratching. Hurts when I talk loud or scream. Is it a strep throat? And stuffy nose, cough, and little bit of running nose.
URI: Likely just an upper respiratory infection. They are usually caused by viral illness. The treatment is rest, NSAID or acetaminophen as needed for sore throat or fever, increase fluids and possibly salt water gargles/ throat lozenges as needed. If no better in 3-5 days, speak to your doc. Strep can be tested for in office with a swab. It usually has fever, stomach pain and headache as part of it. ...Read more
Depends: Streptococcus pyogenes, the bacteria behind strep throat is naturally colonized in some folks. When it is actually infecting you, that is, provoking an immune response in you, it can produce significant problems if left unchecked including rheumatic fever and subsequent heart valve disease later. ...Read more
Throat infection: "strep" throat is an infection of the throat or tonsils caused by a type of bacteria called group a streptococcus. Usually accompanied by fever, headache, or nausea, strep is one if the few throat infections treated with antibiotics. Strep can only be reliably diagnosed with a throat swab. Although most cases resolve on their own, complications can arise if untreated within 10 days. ...Read more
Usually not: This germ is in the mucous secretions of the carriers. They might be able to cough a few out, but they would dry out soon & die. Most pick it up through casual contact. Person A puts fingers in mouth, touches doorknob painting it with strep. Person B opens door and eventually touches face/mouth, completing the pass. It is much less contagious than chickenpox, where a cough is common + airborne spread ...Read more
Depends: If you are looking at this in the short term, no. Most untreated patients will gradually feel better and return to a stable state of health. An estimated 1/200 will develop rheumatic fever and associated heart disease, kidney or brain impairments. Some of these will eventually die from complications if untreated. It is a significant cause of death in underdeveloped countries, but takes time. ...Read more
?: Unsure what you mean with your question. If you mean it's prodrome (early presentation), the symptoms can widely vary and group a beta-hemolytic strep can masquerade as a lot of other illnesses. However, sore throat, sometimes fevers, frontal headache, stomach ache, vomiting and nausea, sandpapery rash are all seen. ...Read more
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
Need antibiotics: For significant sore throat with swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician & get a streph throat test. If you have streph throat, antibiotic therapy is imperative to prevent future compications. 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
Symptoms or + tests: There are people that carry strep A year round and will always have a positive rapid test or culture. Blood studies usually show the body is not reacting to the germ. When they come in with a viral sore throat, most treat it as strep. If you are a carrier, it is a bother, but requires no treatment. If you get repeated strep illness, there are combinations of meds that can help stop it. ...Read more
1st Sx will: Strep throat goes through several phases. The acute symptoms will eventually fade in most without rx. During the sub-acute phase, the body continues to make antibodies and a fraction (1/200) develop long term complications including kidney damage, heart damage (rheumatic fever) and brain injury. Antibiotics can stop the complications if started within ~10 days of first fever. ...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
Depends: In the short term, most untreated patients will gradually feel better & return to a stable state of health. An estimated 1/200 will develop rheumatic fever and associated heart disease, kidney or brain impairments. Some of these will eventually die from complications if untreated. They also pass this & the risk on to others. If you relish infecting your family/friends roll the dice. I'd get treated ...Read more
Usually not: This germ is in the mucous secretions of the carriers. They might be able to cough a few out, but they would dry out soon & die. Most pick it up through casual contact. Person A puts fingers in mouth, touches doorknob painting it with strep. Person B opens door and eventually touches face/mouth, completing the pass. Any contact with saliva can pass it. ...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
Good old penicillin: Despite being the oldest antibiotic around, it is still the #1 recommended treatment for strepthroat. If you are allergic to penicillin, you maybe given azithromycin, Clindamycin etc. Add some salt-water gargles, motrin/tylenol, sorethroat spray for comfort. No kissing/smooching for a few days! Good luck. ...Read more
It can be:
This condition is caused by the bug: streptococcus, which can be transmitted via salivary contact. It is not supercontagious like those of chicken-pox or measles which are airborn pathogens--meaning that they can stay in the air and infect others. So, if you are given antibiotics already, you should be fine. Just don't smooch for a few days :-)
good luck. ...Read more
Year round: It does peak during times when people spend more time in doors, around holidays and the buying season around Christmas. This is more from opportunity than any other feature. Unfortunately a percentage of the population are carriers of the germ but unaffected by illness. These tend to be a reservoir for strep transfer to vulnerable people year round. ...Read more
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