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Why do kids not get hardly any immunity to strep throat? Are there too many different strains?

Why do kids not get hardly any immunity to strep throat? Are there too many different strains?

No One Knows: A good question! at present there is no understanding as to why certain infections trigger life long immunity such as chicken pox and some do not such as strep throat. ...Read more

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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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How is strep throat strep throat different from scarlet fever?

How is strep throat strep throat different from scarlet fever?

Rash: Some strains of streptococcus cause some people to break out in a rash due to specific toxins that the strain releases in the body. It is otherwise the same with no increased risk of serious complications or problems. In order tp prevent these complications, antibiotics are needed. See your doctor ...Read more

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What is the difference between a cold and strep throat? Can u please give a list between the different symptoms ?

What is the difference between a cold and strep throat? Can u please give a list between the different symptoms ?

Cold vs strep: Colds are usually caused by viruses and cause running noses and sore throats, although cultures are negative. Strep is caused by a bacterial strep germ and needs to be treated with antibiotics. ...Read more

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What are the different symptoms of strep throat and laryngitis?

Hoarseness and pain: Laryngitis is associated with more hoarseness or lack of voice while strep throat is usually more associated with pain and trouble with swallowing and sometimes some hoarseness as well. ...Read more

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How are mono and strep throat different?

How are mono and strep throat different?

See below: Both cause exudative pharyngitisfever and lymphadenopathy. In mono the lymphadenopathy is in the back of the neck and in strep throat it is at the angles of the jaw. In mono you will have atypical lymphocytosis, a positive mono spot test or ebv viral capsid igm antibody. In strep throat you will have a positive rapid strep test or throat culture. You can have both at the same time as well. ...Read more

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How are group a & group b strep throat different?

How are group a & group b strep throat different?

Streptococci A & B: Here is a good article that addresses your question: http://www.Drgreene.Com/articles/streptococcus/. ...Read more

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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.

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

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My 4 year old granddaughter is recovering from "fifth" disease. The rash and low grade fever have been gone for a few days. Strep throat was ruled out by 2 different doctors. Both say it's "fifth disease" however, she seems to be pale. She is eating, p

Fifths : Fifths disease is a common, relatively harmless viral infection - most often seen in kids and characterized by red cheeks followed by a lacy rash on the arms, legs and body. Some people will also have fever for a day or two. It typically resolves on its own without treatment. The only time we really worry about this virus is if it infects someone who is pregnant or someone with a chronic blood disease such as sickle cell anemia, thalessemia, or spherocytosis. The virus can stop the bone marrow from producing red blood cells for a short period of time. This does not usually affect a healthy person, but can affect someone who's red blood cells are not normal in the first place. I attached a website with more information about fifths disease. If she has a chronic blood disease, if her paleness continues, or if she is acting sick at all, give her doctor a call. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is it possible to detect the strain of a strep infection from blood tests?I can't stand the throat culture.Having high aso titers for years

Is it possible to detect the strain of a strep infection from blood tests?I can't stand the throat culture.Having high aso titers for years

Man up!: You smoke cigarettes but can't stand to have your throat swabbed? Here's what's at issue. You're not going to know if you have a strep throat unless you get a culture or at least a rapid strep screen. If strep throat is present and not treated, your heart can end up ruined. If it's not present and is overtreated with antibiotics, you're risking weeks of diarrhea, or worse. Ask 4 a topical numb rx. ...Read more

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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