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Can you have strep throat and not get a fever? I have blisters on the back of throat and my body aches. It started Sunday morning, but no fever yet.

Can you have strep throat and not get a fever? I have blisters on the back of throat and my body aches. It started Sunday morning, but no fever yet.

You can get strep: Without a fever, however this doesn't sound like strep, which doesn't usually have blisters. This sounds like it could be Coxsackie virus, which is treated symptomatically, not with antibiotics. Please see your doctor to be properly diagnosed and treated. ...Read more

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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


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Sore throat, body aches stiff neck. We went to the dr and the strep throat and mono came back negative, a little worried please help thank you?

Sore throat, body aches stiff neck. We went to the dr and the strep throat and mono came back negative, a little worried please help thank you?

Body aches: Your symptoms may represent a viral respiratory infection which can last 7-10 days. As a result symptomatic care is the course of action necessary ...Read more

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If I have a UTI (not under meds) and get strep throat with fever over 101........Joint and body aches with sore throat........Can that make UTI worse?

If I have a UTI (not under meds) and get strep throat with fever over 101........Joint and body aches with sore throat........Can that make UTI worse?

Possible: Since you are not on antibiotics, your immune system has to do all the work. If you have other infections going on, your body may be weaker allowing the infections to worsen. However, even without the sore throat and joint aches, UTI will get worse over time. Also, with your combination of symptoms, I would get checked out asap and get antibiotics. All your symptoms may be from stds. ...Read more

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Can strep throat cause a stiff sore neck?

Can strep throat cause a stiff sore neck?

Lymph nodes: Usually not. But tender, swollen lymph nodes could make the neck sore. ...Read more

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What could cause my toddler to have a sore mouth. Strep throat swap was clear?

What could cause my toddler to have a sore mouth. Strep throat swap was clear?

Most are viruses: Toddlers are constantly chewing/sucking their fingers or touching the world around them. That gives them ample opportunity to sample every virus or bacteria that exists in their environment. Their mouth/throat is the entrance to their immune system and tonsils that react when stimulated. Strep is sensitive to antibiotics but the viruses must run their course. ...Read more

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Difference between strep and sore throat? Gave blood monday and now have a sore or strep throat what's the cause?

Difference between strep and sore throat? Gave blood monday and now have a sore or strep throat what's the cause?

See below: A sore throat is exactly what it says it is - a sore throat (more of a symptom). Strep throat is a specific cause of sore throat caused by group a strep bacteria. Testing by your doctor is the only way to tell if it is strep or not. ...Read more

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My 12 yo son gets 5-6 colds each winter. Each lasts 3-4 days. Low grade fever, soar throat, body aches, strep is neg. Should I be concerned?

My 12 yo son gets 5-6 colds each winter. Each lasts 3-4 days. Low grade fever, soar throat, body aches, strep is neg. Should I be concerned?

Not usually: It sounds like these are typical viral colds, that seem to go away in a typical fashion. Although 5-6 does seem to be a lot, exposure to new bugs, like starting a new school, could easily explain this. Also, if he has allergies this may predispose him to getting upper respiratory infections. Finally, make sure noone around him smokes, as this may contribute to frequent infections. ...Read more

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Does strep always cause a sore throat? 2 kids in my house have strep throat, I think I see some swelling and whitish patches but no pain in my throat.

Does strep always cause a sore throat? 2 kids in my house have strep throat, I think I see some swelling and whitish patches but no pain in my throat.

Strep throat: Great question! Streptococcal bacteria lives in our throat. When it becomes the predominant organism then we get pain as the immune system and the bacteria fight a war. There are some people that have strep in their throat all the time and they cohabitate in other words they are carriers are no signs of disease - Not treated. Evidence of disease is the redness, the white patches and the pain. ...Read more

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I had tonsillectomy over 1 month ago. Recently I started feeling body aches & very sore throat with a low grade temperature. Could this be Strep?

I had tonsillectomy over 1 month ago. Recently I started feeling body aches & very sore throat with a low grade temperature. Could this be Strep?

Maybe strep, flu, etc.: Nose and throat symptoms can be from cold viruses, strep throat, allergies, etc... It can be difficult to tell what the cause is. If symptoms only last 1-2 days, it was likely allergies, irritation, or a mild cold. Doctors have rapid 5-minute tests for strep, so a primary care doctor can diagnose strep and start antibiotics "right away", which means within the first 3 days of strep symptoms. ...Read more

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Can strep throat cause only mild sore throat with redness and mild flu like symptoms with temp of 99.0?

Yes: Some people have minimal symptoms with strep as adults & some actively carry it in their throat & never seem to get sick from it. Without a fever, I am reluctant to consider it an infection but when there are both fever & generalized symptoms it is likely not a simple carrier state. ...Read more

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Sore throat, body aches, cough for 3 days. White pockets on back of throat today. Strep? Heat is the contagious time line? Have small children

Sore throat, body aches, cough for 3 days. White pockets on back of throat today. Strep? Heat is the contagious time line? Have small children

Need a strep swab: It is difficult to diagnose strep throat based on the clinical symptoms. You need to swab your throat in urgent care. Typically, strep troat has no cough or runny nose. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with HSV1. Is it possible that when an outbreak occurs that this could cause strep throat or sore throat if I’m performing oral sex.?

No: Strep throat is caused by a strain of strep bacteria. A person can catch strep throat through any activity that ends up putting live strep bacteria into her mouth. HSV1 is a virus that causes cold sores on the lips and around the mouth, but can also cause sores in other places. If a person catches HSV1 for the first time, and it happens to be in the mouth, that first time can cause a sore throat. ...Read more

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Very large white spot on tonsil. Strep and flu tests negative. Had mono 15 years ago. Severe sore throat, body aches, chills. Why spot if not strep?

Very large white spot on tonsil. Strep and flu tests negative. Had mono 15 years ago. Severe sore throat, body aches, chills. Why spot if not strep?

Calcification: I often see residual white spot like a tiny calcification but usually not significant, try salt water gargles about 3 x/day, warm to hot tap water [not too hot where it burns] 1 oz with 1/8 teaspoon of salt, this may 'sandpaper' it off, if sore throat, could be virus unrelated, if all those symptoms, may have the flu, get tested [nasal swab rapid test] but can't treat if flu after 3 days ...Read more

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Consistant headache, sore throat, ear pain, gums hurt, body aches, nauseous, negative for strep throat and the flu taken amoxilin,?

Consistant headache, sore throat, ear pain, gums hurt, body aches, nauseous, negative for strep throat and the flu taken amoxilin,?

2 separate problems: These 2 problems should be addressed separately. 1. swollen gums - can be a sign that you already have, gum disease or dental abscess. See your dentist. 2. Headache, sinus aches, coughing- seasonal flu is very common viral infection with symptoms you have described. Usually the condition resolves on its own with home care. Drink water, NSAIDs and get a good rest. ...Read more

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Periodic body aches/muscle pain, sore neck glands, fatigue x 3 months, no fever. Mom has Sjogrens. Mono/strep negative. Last week stiff neck x 1 day?

Periodic body aches/muscle pain, sore neck glands, fatigue x 3 months, no fever. Mom has Sjogrens. Mono/strep negative. Last week stiff neck x 1 day?

Need more informati: We need more information. Ask your physicain to evaluate you. There are a lot of possibilites but we need laboratory and history and physical data that your physician will do. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to know if I have a sore or a strep throat?

Can you tell me how to know if I have a sore or a strep throat?

Go see your doctor: There is a rapid test that can be performed by your physician in their office. If they do not have it available, then they can perform a throat culture to see if there is any bacterial growth. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have a sore throat or strep throat?

How can I tell if I have a sore throat or strep throat?

See Below: You mean do I have a viral pharyngitis or a strep throat. Most sore throats are due to viral infection. Fever, pus on your pharynx or tonsils or enlarged lymph nodes near the angle of your jaws suggests the need for a rapid strep throat test. Viral pharyngitis should resolve without treatment in a few days. Take some over the counter throat lozenges and tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain relief. ...Read more

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Can you have strep throat without having a sore throat?

Can you have strep throat without having a sore throat?

Words matter: "strep throat" is the lay term for a symptomatic illness caused by the strep germ. Since 5 % or more people carry this germ in their throat without ever getting ill, most would ignore it unless symptoms were involved. The "carrier" is one of the reasons we see this type of infection passed around all year long. The carrier can pass it to someone who develops the illness. ...Read more

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How do you tell if you have strep throat vs sore throat?

How do you tell if you have strep throat vs sore throat?

See below: Most sore throats are viral pharyngitis. Fever, severe throat pain, an exudate (pus) on your pharynx or tonsils or enlarged lymph nodes near the angle of your jaws suggests the need for a rapid strep throat test. Viral pharyngitis should resolve without treatment in a few days. Take some over the counter throat lozenges and tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain relief. ...Read more

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How are strep throat and sore throat distinguished from each other?

Bacterial vs Virus: Strep throat is a bacterial infection by the streptococcal (strep) bacteria in the throat and the tonsils. The throat gets irritated and inflamed, causing a sudden, severe sore throat.
Sore throats are caused by a viral infection and not streptococcal (strep) bacteria. ...Read more

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My throat was kind of sore, doi have strep throat?

My throat was kind of sore, doi have strep throat?

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

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What are the differences between sore and strep throat?

What are the differences between sore and strep throat?

A positive test: A sore throat can be strep, but the majority are not. Only when you have had the appropriate test done can you distinguish strep from non-strep sore throat. ...Read more

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How long should I wait to be tested for strep throat after getting sore?

Don't wait: If you have a sore throat you don't need to have more symptoms to be tested. You may not have more symptoms and still have strep. ...Read more

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Had sore or strep throat for a week. How soon could I get strep throat again?

Had sore or strep throat for a week. How soon could I get strep throat again?

Any Time: We build very little natural immunity to strep, so once the antibiotic is out of your system, you can be infected again. ...Read more

Strep Throat (Definition)

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