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Effects Of Strep Throat
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Several: Sore throat, usually fever, a whittish covering over the tonsils, a fetid or foul breath, red spots on the soft part of the upper back of the throat, painful swallowing, enlarged tonsils, enlarged uvulae. Perhaps a rash (sandpaper like) over the body and enlarged lymph nodes. You may have strep and not notice it so much. It can be mild. If suspected, get tested and treated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possible: Sore throat could be from few possibilities-pharyngitis, tonsillitis/abscess, spine infections from the neck spine projection into pharyngeal space , retropharyngeal lymphnode- nodes behind the pharynx geting infected and cause inflammation /abscess involving the lymphnodes , adenoids infection which is lymphoid tissue behind the naso in the space called naso pharynx , layngitis, sinusitis drainage. ...Read more
Sxs & complications: Symptoms of sore throat can include: pain of throat; large, red tonsils with white exudates; small red dots on the roof of the mouth; swollen lymph nodes on the neck; fever, headache, rash, difficulty swallowing, feeling tired or rash. Complications can include infection of middle ear, sinuses, tonsils, skin, blood as well as scarlet fever, inflammation of the kidney & eventually rheumatic fever. ...Read more
Burning tongue: The causes of burning tongue syndrome are not always known, and there may be more than one cause. Although not known as a common cause for burning tongue, strep throat should not be ruled out. Once the strep throat is treated, if the burning tongue symptoms remain, see your dentist or an ENT specialist. ...Read more
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
Occasionally: Sometimes if the tonsils are very swollen and infected the patient can get what is known as the "hot potato voice". It means that their speech is muffled and distorted. In which case they may actually have an abcess of the tonsil. In my experience most people with strep just have a normal voice, but with a sore throat. Hoarseness is more common with croup and laryngitis. ...Read more
Similar but: Both cause very sore throat with swelling and fever. Both can be diagnosed readily with a rapid test. Mono rapid test is less accurate. Mono significant systemic symptoms such as fatigue, sleepiness, nausea, and the swelling tends to be more severe and more dramatic appearing. Strep gets better much faster and does justify antibiotics in children and teens. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/strep-throat/basics/symptoms/con-http://www.pennmedicine.org/encyclopedia/em_PrintArticle.aspx?gcid=000591 ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Allergic reactions: Chloraseptic spray is an oral anesthetic and analgesic combination. It works by numbing the painful or irritated areas i would not use it if you are allergic to any ingredient in chloraseptic spray or you have a history of allergic reaction to local anesthetics (eg, benzocaine). If you are pregnant , plan to become pregnant or breast-feeding i would consult your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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