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Do Babies Get Strep Throat
Depends on situation: Babies who have close exposure to a strep carrier can develop an infection if the back of the nose & upper airway leading to high fever, loss of appetite & sometimes a rash. They can also carry the germ in the same locations without symptoms ir infection. Their tonsils are rather small & less likely to be the main focus of any strep issue until after 2 or so. ...Read more
Not common: Under a year of age, but can happen. Should have a strep test to confirm. The doctor will calculate the dose based on weight (@ 40mg/kg. ...Read more
Happens. ..however: It is possible for an infant to acquire and be sick from the strep A germ. It is also possible for them to test positive and only be a carrier & never get sick from it. One issue that differs in young infants is the long term effects. Since their immune system is immature, they don't risk development of rheumatic fever like a 5 or 10 year old would. Treatment of carriers is unnecessary. ...Read more
No: Impossible unless that person also has an RSV infection. ...Read more
If my child and I got exposed to strep throat in the daycare, how likely are we to get it within a week?
50/50: Strep is very contagious and the time period from exposure to getting the illness is between 3-7 days and sometimes a little longer. But exposure does not mean he will get it. ...Read more
What is the criteria for a tonsillectomy? How many episodes of strep throat does a child need to get them out?
Yes!!: Strep pyogenes (group a) does not care whether its victim has tonsils or not. Not only can your child get strep throat, but this should be tested for and treated, because without eradication there are post-streptococcal complications like extension of the infection to other areas, or acute rheumatic fever. Get child seen by family doctor. ...Read more
Fever, poor appetite: It is very unusual for an infant to get strep throat. However an older child or family member in close contact with your baby has it, it is possible. In most cases, babies with strep throat are very fussy due to the pain, may have a high fever, and decreased appetite. Every now and then babies can have vomiting and rash from strep throat. It is best to contact your doctor if you are concerned. ...Read more
Yes: Although there is a common misconception that babies don't get strep, they can and frequently do, especially if there are school age children in the home, or if the child attends daycare. If you think your child has a sore throat, they need to be seen. If they have a positive strep test, they require antibiotics to prevent rheumatic fever. Strep cannot be diagnosed without a strep test or culture. ...Read more
Many ways: Many people with whom the baby may have been in contact may have carried strep in their throats without being ill, and by touching the baby after their mouths, transmit it to the baby. You may have it in your throat, or baby's dad. ...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
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
Pharyngitis: The simple answer is 'no'-you can't get Strep throat just from that, but you could get it from maybe regular kissing beforehand or just being in very close contact with someone who has it, or is carrying the bacteria. Think, for example, if your partner sneezes or coughs in your direction. There are other causes of sore throat that could come up from giving oral sex- so if you have symptoms see MD ...Read more
Yes: The symptoms of any throat infection like strep can get worse in spite of initial treatment for a number of reasons. First, you are playing catch up with a germ that had time to get established and will remain irritating until the blood level of med starts to kill it off. You can also be co-infected with a viral germ like mono that is not affected by the abx. ...Read more
Strep Throat.: Symptoms usually resolve within a week. However, if not appropriately treated with antibiotics there can be serious complications. ...Read more
It happens: Between 5-30% (time of the year)of the population can carry strep with no symptoms, ever. That is one reason it persists year round. You may never get symptoms and actually be the sourse of your daughters illness. Why some get sick and some don't is confusing. Some think it is related to strong immunity but I find young kids with little life experience can be carriers too ...Read more
Hello, I kissed my boyfriend the day before I started having symptoms of strep throat, can he get it?
Could use your help docs! My buddy who spent the night at my house, now has strep throat, will I get sick?
Can a man get strep throat from giving oral sex to his female partner who has tested positive for vaccinal strep b?
What are symptoms of strep throat? What to look for. What it feels like? If you can't get to docs. What can you do for it
Taking antiobiotics for strep throat every 12 hours. I accidently left them at work and won't be able to get them until tomorrow. Complications?!
Possibly: If you skip one or more doses, the antibiotic may not be as effective and the bacteria may become resistant. Best thing to do is to call your Dr.'s answering service and when the on call Dr. Calls back, ask if they can call in one dose for you to take tonight. Then take your morning dose as soon as you get to work tomorrow AM. Good luck! ...Read more
Can performing (unprotected) fellatio cause a female to get strep throat? It seems too related to just be a coincidence but it has happened 3 times.
Doubtful: You do not provide enough information to make an informed evaluation. Where the three occasions with different or the same man? Was streptococcus isolated and/or cultured from all three pharyngitis tissues? I have never heard of an association between fellatio and strep throat. ...Read more
I kissed my bf two days ago he was feeling fine. The next day he felt sick and today he was diagnosed with strep throat. What are chances I will get?
Possible: It is possible you may also get strep. The incubation is 3-7 days. ...Read more
My daughter has had strep throat at least every other month this passed year. A relative of mine told me to ask to get her tested for pandas. Should I?
PANDAS: Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Strep is a relatively rare condition. The presence of frequent strep infections alone is not PANDAS- as the name implies, neuropsychiatric behaviors are the hallmark with the proper history. There is no "test" the diagnosis is based on history and physical findings alone. Discuss with your pediatrician. ...Read more
Yes: But why is unknown. Whether they are somehow never exposed or have great natural immunity is not clear. It is thought that these folks do get strep infections, but so mild they have little or no symptoms. ...Read more
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