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Doctor insights on: Chronic Strep Throat In Children

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Explain why glomerulonephritis is a common result of strep throat in children?

Explain why glomerulonephritis is a common result of strep throat in children?

Occasional not comon: Certain strains of the untreated strep germ can trigger formation of cross reactive antibodies.Their primary target would be the strep germ, but for unknown reasons they attack some of the kidney tissue as if it were strep.Damage to the tissue produces glomerulonephritis. ...Read more

Strep Throat (Definition)

It's a throat infection caused by a strep bacteria that responds rapidly to most antibiotics. There can be a number of other bacteria involved in addition to strep so a regular culture (not just a quick strep ...Read more


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Can you have chronic strep throat?

Can you have chronic strep throat?

No: Most streptococcus pyogenes (group a streptococcus) pharyngitis will resolve in 7 days even without treatment. Unfortunately there is then the risk of glomerulonephritis and rheumatic fever. An asymptomatic streptococcal carrier state is not uncommon in children and young adults especially in close quarters like barracks. Relapses of strep pharyngitis rather than chronic infection are common. ...Read more

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What's chronic strep throat and the consequences for my kid?

What's chronic strep throat and the consequences for my kid?

Confusing question: I know of no "chronic strep condition" that affects kids. A kid or adult can be an asymptomatic carrier of strep for their lifetime, and have few if any consequences. A real problem exists when these "carriers" come in with mono or other non strep infection and only a strep test is run, because it will be positive.Blood tests can verify a sore throat was really strep, but these are rarely done. ...Read more

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Is it ok to have alcochol if I have chronic strep throat an not taking any antibiotic for the holidays?

Is it ok to have alcochol if I have chronic  strep throat  an not taking any antibiotic for the holidays?

Drinking: This is a very general response. First people should be a legal age to drink. If one had a chronic condition and was not symptomatic ; not having a fever , cough or active sore throat the occasional alcoholic beverage would not be of concern. But i emphasized the occasional drink. Of course you already know if i taking medication not a good idea. ...Read more

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If my wife has strep throat, how can I and our small children keep from getting infected?

If my wife has strep throat, how can I and our small children keep from getting infected?

avoid transfer of ..: Oral and nasal secretions. Wash hands, do not share cups or utensils, cover up coughs and sneezes, avoid mouth contact. Even if there is contact there may not be a resultant infection. ...Read more

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What does strep throat look like in children without tonsils?

What does strep throat look like in children without tonsils?

Hard to say: I wouldn't think about a "look" of strep in the throat. It can be hard to predict sometimes by looking. Instead, if a child has a sore throat with a fever in the absence of cold symptoms like cough and runny nose, they should be checked for strep. Whether or not they have tonsils, they can also have headache, abdominal pain, vomiting and/or rashes. ...Read more

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Why do children vomit when they have the flu or the strep throat?

Why do children vomit when they have the flu or the strep throat?

Natural response: Infectious agents stimulate the body's immune response to literally purge the body of the illness and purging responses include vomiting, diarrhea, coughing, runny nose, sweating, and fever. Vomiting is a normal reaction to both kinds of infection. Plus infections affect the whole body not just one area.....While one area may have the most symptoms. ...Read more

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