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How can you tell the diffrence between strep and a virus?

How can you tell the diffrence between strep and a virus?

Throat swab: Generally speaking, it can be difficult to tell. On exam, strep causes purulent secretions and viral infections do not with exception of mono. Generally a throat swab can be pretty reliable. But a good physical exam is usually all that is needed to determine the difference between a bacterial vs. Viral throat inefection. ...Read more

Virus (Definition)

A virus is a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of organisms, from animals and plants ...Read more


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For how long will the strep virus last outside of the human body?

For how long will the strep virus last outside of the human body?

Streptococcus: There are many forms of the streptococcus bacterium, which vary in the kind of infections they can cause. A summary can be found at: http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/streptococcus. ...Read more

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For what length of time can the strep virus last outside of the human body?

For what length of time can the strep virus last outside of the human body?

Frightening: German researchers found that most gram-positive bacteria including streptococcus pyogenes can survive for months on dry surfaces (fomites). ...Read more

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Is it possible to carry the strep virus with out bein sick for several months?

Is it possible to carry the strep virus with out bein sick for several months?

Yes: We still do not understand many aspects of strep carrier state but do know average length of carrier state to be about 49 months. A carrier is defined as someone who has a positive culture without a blood antibody response. Carriers are not at risk for rheumatic fever or kidney disease. Carriers do not usually transmit to very close contacts. 15% of school age kids are carriers at any one time. ...Read more

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I have constant uti's, strep, and viruses. Can something else be going wrong to cause me to get sick so easily?

I have constant uti's, strep, and viruses. Can something else be going wrong to cause me to get sick so easily?

Immunodeficiency: You may have one of the many type of hypogammaglobulinemias or mixed immunodeficiencies. Go to a dr for a physical exam and to check your blood for gammglobulins. ...Read more

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Can you get strep while on cephalexin and a virus?

Can you get strep while on cephalexin and a virus?

Strep: Cephalexin will eradicate strep after several days of taking it, but will not prevent a viral throat infection. A new strep infection won't take place while a person is taking cephalexin. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a virus or if it's strep throat?

How do I know if I have a virus or if it's strep throat?

Get tested: The symptoms often overlap & both can improve over several days without treatment. However, 2-6 wks after the primary infection complications from the strep can occur in approximately 1/200 untreated cases.This includes preventable kidney, heart, systemic or brain related disorders. ...Read more

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Can you be simultaneously sick with strep throat and a virus?

Maybe?: I am not sure. The central issue is that you have a strep throat test. 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, fatigue & rash. Complications can include infection of middle ear, sinuses, tonsils, skin & blood; scarlet fever, inflammation. ...Read more