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Cause Of Group A Strep Infection
Had a throat infection. 4 months later still hav large tonsils no pain. swabbed it myself as dr dismissed me! found group a strep. Is Treatment needed?
No: Antibiotics are given to prevent Rheumatic Heart Disease(RHD), NOT to cure the sore throat. At best they may reduce the duration of symptoms by 16 hours. The incidence of Rheumatic Fever(RF) in the U.S. is one in a million cases of strep throat. Only one out of three patients with RF develop RHD. For every three million antibiotic Rx's only one case of RHD is prevented. **See my comments below: ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more
Different strain: Strep has many different strains. Different strains cause different types of infections. In the throat, we usually just test for group a, since that is the strain that can lead to rheumatic heart disease. Other strains are usually left for the body to take care of without antibiotics. ...Read more
Got diagnosed with group a strep after a month of being sick. Will the antibiotic take care of it after that length of time?
Maybe: Strep is a self limiting illness which disappears on its own if not treated within a weeks time. There may be another problem because of the length of time involved. Another possibility is that you were reinfected during the month antibiotics should help. ...Read more
I've read that carriers of group a strep bacteria can have no symptoms but can still unwittingly spread it. Others say this is not true. Which is it?
It is true: Carriers have the bacteria in their throats and can occasionally spread it to others it does not require treatment unless you could be traced as a source of frequent infections to others. I have had lots of carriers in my practice and they have not created any epidemics.... ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
23/Female non-smoker. Never have had issues with lungs before. Past two days have had odd grey looking fibers or something in my phlegm. Phlegm is clear. - Previously was on amoxicillin for group A strep however finished those about a week ago. ?
My 5 year was swabbed for vaginal rash and it came back as group a strep. If the rash is going away on its own does she still need to take antibiotics?
Please ask: Please ask your pediatrician.Get a more detailed answer ›
REVISED- I developed a large neck swelling, with severe pain and sore throat at home after I had already taken a 10 day course of 300mg Clindamycin and condition worsened. Went to ER and was diagnosed with Group A Strep, CT Scan revealed soft tissue swe
Watery/bloody discharge only during sex. Not BV or yeast. Diagnosed with group b strep infection. Could this be the cause of the excessive discharge?
No: Pain in the distribution as you suggested describes the pattern of the nerve that travels in the leg called the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is not the cause of the pain source, it is the result of an irritated nerve typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
OB's follow protocol: The frequency of invasive group b strep disease has declined since the adoption of surveillance and treatment protocols by ob's & peds. Since gbs can come & go, most moms will be screened at 35-37 wks & receive abx during labor if positive, if status unknown she will be treated & babies are monitored & tested for a specific period after delivery. Discuss your concerns with your ob. ...Read more
What are the comman causes of cists? Can they be present from birth? Can they muliple or travell? Are they connected to strep and straph infections?
Clarify please: What location of the body? What type of cysts? Please clarify & re-ask question. ...Read more
OB/peds have protocl: The frequency of invasive group b strep disease has declined since the adoption of surveillance and treatment protocols by ob's & peds. Since gbs can come & go, most moms will be screened at 35-37 wks & receive abx during labor if positive, if status unknown she will be treated. Babies are monitored & treated if any signs appear that suggest invasive disease. ...Read more
No: chronic infections may rather cause it to be low ...Read more
What is autonomic dysfunction & could someone develop it from a strep infection as a child? What kinds of psychological issues can AD cause?
An illdefined entity: Autonomic dysfunction is an ill defined entity which is often reported in older age groups. This diagnosis implies lack of good control over your blood pressure on standing up from a flat position. There may be other associated symptoms. If you are concerned about this diagnosis, you should get a neurologist to examine and advice you further. ...Read more
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