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Different Strains Of Strep Throat
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
What is the difference between a cold and strep throat? Can u please give a list between the different symptoms?
The germ: Some group A strep germs carry an extra piece of genetic code that triggers a toxin that can cause the rash. If someone has a strep infection in their throat it usually shows up within 12 hrs of the first fever. If the infection is treated very early, it may not show up at all. A strep germ without the extra gene will not trigger the rash. Scarlet fever is an old term used back before penicillin. ...Read more
I have strep throat and was prescribed a zpack 5 day dose. I also have a uti which a different Dr prescribed vibramycin 100 mg. Can I take both?
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
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
L&D RN went home sick 4 days ago & was dx w/strep throat. Started my abx tonight. Is it ok to go back to work on Monday? Worried @ exposing mom/baby
I have read that if you tough strep throat out your body could build up natural immunity. What are the pro’s and con’s of not treating strep throat and likelihood of contracting other infections? Also how likely is it that you would build immunity?
Treat strep!: You don't want rheumatic heart disease. There are several species of strep After you have one species, it is true that you are immune to that species. It does not mean that it did not give you rheumatic heart disease first. And it does not mean you are less likely to get the other species os strep. So take your antibiotic for all 10 days (Less days won't prevent rheumatic fever). ...Read more
Resistance to drugs: Strep can be resistant to a great number of antibiotics that is the problem partially caused by the overuse of antibiotic for unnecessary treatments strep use to be best treated with Ampicillin but has become in many cases resistant. Only if your child is allergic to penicillin would Erythromycin or cephalosporin be used. The first choice is Ampicillin and if that is not working a switchto amox. ...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
Streph Throat: Please see your physician for a streph throat test - if positive you will be treated with antibiotics. Rest, hydrate well with water & stay far, far away from cigarette smoke. You can keep mucosa moist with a humidifier. Add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. Slippery elm bark lozenges are another option. Saltwater gargles: mix 1 tsp salt in 8 oz warm water – gargle severa >>. ...Read more
Maybe: You can always play the odds and see what happens. Like the folk in the early 1900s.They also had strep ; it passed. However, about 1/200 developed 1of 3 patterns of complications. The only way to know if you had strep was to test it. If treated within 10 days of 1st symptoms you can stop the pattern of complications for strep, if not, you know you won't suffer them. ...Read more
HAND TO FACE TRANSFR: I know a psychologist who studied human behavior & found the average adult touched his/her face with unwashed hands 6x/hr & nose 2x/hr. Anytime we do so we can pass germs from what we touch to areas that allow germs access to the nose & mouth. You can do what you can to avoid it, but strep is carried by at least 5% of asymptomatic people continuously. ...Read more
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
PCN & take your meds: If you were tested and are sure it is streptococcus causing your throat problems, the best medicine is still penicillin or one very similar, such as amoxicillin. As important, though, is taking your medicine on time. Strep dies when the medicine in your system is above a certain level, so if you don't take your meds on time the strep can start to party again and multiply. Make sure you finish it! ...Read more