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Doctor insights on: Flu Sore Throat Vs Strep

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How is strep throat strep throat different from scarlet fever?

How is strep throat strep throat different from scarlet fever?

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

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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


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Symptoms of tonsillitis sore throat tonsillitis?

Symptoms of tonsillitis sore throat tonsillitis?

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

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Is strep throat contagious?

Is strep throat contagious?

It can be: This condition is caused by the bug: streptococcus, which can be transmitted via salivary contact. It is not supercontagious like those of chicken-pox or measles which are airborn pathogens--meaning that they can stay in the air and infect others. So, if you are given antibiotics already, you should be fine. Just don't smooch for a few days :-) good luck. ...Read more

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Is strep throat airborne?

Is strep throat airborne?

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. It is much less contagious than chickenpox, where a cough is common + airborne spread ...Read more

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Is strep throat seasonal?

Is strep throat seasonal?

Not Always: There is a seasonal pattern as in dr park's response, but it does generally occur all year round to some degree.So beware and careful. ...Read more

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Sore throat with throat tightness but no cough or flu. Bronchitis?

Sore throat with throat tightness but no cough or flu. Bronchitis?

Tightness/sore throa: If yo feel tightness in your throat you shuld be checked out. If it affects your swallowing or breathing go to the ed otherwise toalk to your doctor or go see him/her. ...Read more

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Dry mouth. Sore throat. What can it be? Mono. Strep throat?

Dry mouth. Sore throat. What can it be? Mono. Strep throat?

Possible: Dry mouth is not a common symptom in either mono or strep throat, although, both can probably have people complain of that. Sore throat is common for both mono and strep but can also be seen in a lot of other viral illnesses as well non-infectious diseases such as allergy associated with postnasal drip, esophageal reflux, nervous spasm (globus). More detailed history is paramount in this case. ...Read more

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3 Days w/fever 100-102, sore throat. D4 fvr gone, sore throat w/swollen lymphs in neck. D5 sore throat, lymphs smaller. No congestion. Flu or strep?

3 Days w/fever 100-102, sore throat. D4 fvr gone, sore throat w/swollen lymphs in neck. D5 sore throat, lymphs smaller.  No congestion.  Flu or strep?

Throat infection: The flu season is not at this time. It could be a viral illness though (just not the "flu"). With the duration, and a fever of 102, with persistent lymph nodes, I would get checked for possible bacterial infection (such as strep) as you may require an antibiotic. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Symptoms of strep throat?

Symptoms of strep throat?

Strep throat: Your throat may or may not hurt. You may or may not fever. Malaise, poor appetite or cold symptoms may be present. Since the symptoms are non-specific it is important to take a throat culture to rule out strep. ...Read more

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Can a fever plus sore throat equal strep?

Can a fever plus sore throat equal strep?

Not necessarily.: You need a streph test to confirm if this infection is due to streph. Sxs of strep throat can include: pain of throat; large, red tonsils with white exudates; small red dots on roof of the mouth; swollen lymph nodes on neck; fever, headache, rash, difficulty swallowing, fatigue or rash. ...Read more

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Is strep throat bacterial or viral?

Is strep throat bacterial or viral?

Bacterial: Due to a streptococcus, usually strep group a. Most sore thrats are due to viruses, which should not be treated with antibiotics. A rapid strep test and/or culture can help diagnose strep throat, to determine whether antibiotics are indicated. ...Read more

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Contagious types of sore throat?

Contagious types of sore throat?

Infectious: Lots of conditions cause a sore throat - stomach acid reflux, viral or bacterial infections (or other pathogenic infections for that matter) as well as dry throat and some medication that dry out the throat, change in humidity or moisture in the air. Only the infections one are contagious. Breathing or coughing out particles or even spreading through touching of spit with hands can transmit it. ...Read more

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Sore throat and fever?

Sore throat and fever?

What to do.: If you have significantly sore throat w swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see your medical provider ; get a strep throat test ; culture. Saltwater gargles are helpful. Mix a tsp of salt in 8 oz of warm water – gargle w this several times/day. Tylenol (acetaminophen) or nsaid's may help/you can gargle w aloe vera juice a couple of times /day. A mix of chamomile tea w honey ; a small amount of lemon juice is good. ...Read more

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Home remedies for a strep throat and sore throat?

Home remedies for a strep throat and sore throat?

See below.: If you have been diagnosed with a strep test and definitely have strep, please take and complete the course of antibiotics prescribed by your doctor. If you are waiting for a test result or waiting for the antibiotic to start working, you can take acetaminophen or ibuprofen and drink lots of fluids and eat soft foods. If you haven't been seen yet, please do see your doctor. ...Read more

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What is strep throat season?

What is strep throat season?

Year round: It does peak during times when people spend more time in doors, around holidays and the buying season around Christmas. This is more from opportunity than any other feature. Unfortunately a percentage of the population are carriers of the germ but unaffected by illness. These tend to be a reservoir for strep transfer to vulnerable people year round. ...Read more

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How contagious is strep throat?

How contagious is strep throat?

Yes: Yes it is. Generally thru close contact through aerosol spread from breathing, sneezing, etc. Also perhaps through contact with a glass, toothbrush and the like. Also from material on the infected persons hands. ...Read more

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Sore throat, low grade fever, congestion in nose--is it strep?

Sore throat, low grade fever, congestion in nose--is it strep?

Probably a cold: It sounds more like a common cold, especially because of the nasal congestion. The only way to know for sure is with a strepmtestbor throat culture. ...Read more

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What distinguishes a sore throat from strep?

Medical test: For significant sore throat with swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician & get a strep throat test. If you have streph throat, antibiotic therapy is imperative to prevent future compications. Sxs of strep throat can include: large, red painful tonsils with white exudates; small red dots on the roof of the mouth; swollen lymph nodes on the neck; fever, headache, rash & difficulty swallowing. ...Read more

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Is strep throat contagious after bicillin shot?

Depends: Most would consider a patient contagious for a period of 24 hrs after the start of therapy.This would include the shot.After that time, spread is much less likely except with intimate contact. ...Read more

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What causes symptoms like a sore jaw, sore throat, phlegm in throat, globus sensation, sore neck?

What causes symptoms like a sore jaw, sore throat, phlegm in throat, globus sensation, sore neck?

Infection: anywhere from the jaw to the throat area. Be examined by you MD or your clinic to pin point the area of infection.All the best. ...Read more

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