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Docs, usually how long is strep throat contagious?

Docs, usually how long is strep throat contagious?

Contagious: You will be contagious until you have been on antibiotics for at least 24 hours and for up to 3 weeks if you are not treated with antibiotics. ...Read more

Strep Throat (Definition)

It's a throat infection caused by a strep bacteria that responds rapidly to most antibiotics. There can be a number of other bacteria involved in addition to strep so a regular culture (not just a quick strep ...Read more


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How long is strep throat contagious and what is the incubation period?

How long is strep throat contagious and what is the incubation period?

Depends: Strep can be carried in a contagious state indefinitely.Once treated, the spread is minimal after 24 hrs. Some people can pick up and carry the germ without infection, ever, while most would become symptomatic within 24-48 hrs. ...Read more

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How long is strep throat contagious after antibiotics?

Strep throat: It is contagious for 24 hours after starting antibiotic. Children should not return to school/day care until at least 24 hours after starting appropriate antibiotic. ...Read more

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How long is strep throat contagious without antibiotics?

How long is strep throat contagious without antibiotics?

Continues: A person who becomes infected with group a strep will often feel better without antibiotic rx after a few days. However, the germ can remain active in the nose/throat & mouth for days/weeks or more. ...Read more

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Docs, usually how long is strep throat contagious after starting antibiotics?

24 hrs: The standard answer is 24 hours starting with the first dose of antibiotics.This applies to general communicability to the public. There is possibility of passage through intimate contact for a few days. ...Read more

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How long does strep throat stop being contagious?

Treated vs not: Most accept 24 hours on meds as the point where someone is no longer contagious to others through passive contact. Untreated patients may be continuously contagious. ...Read more

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For how long is someone with strep throat contagious BEFORE they develop and start showing symptoms?

For how long is someone with strep throat contagious BEFORE they develop and start showing symptoms?

2 - 5 Days: "Strep throat" is caused by a bacterial infection with Group A Streptococcus. The period between intial infection with bacteria and appearance of symptoms is 2 to 5 days. This called the Incubation period. Because this an infection that requires antibiotic treatment see your doctor for symptoms of fever, sore throat, rash. ...Read more

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Strep throat, when will i no longer be contagious if it's been a week now?

Strep throat, when will i no longer be contagious if it's been a week now?

48 hours: You are not contagious after 48 hours from the start of your antibiotics. In rare instances if you have severe tonsillitis, the contagiousness could last a little longer, or if you develop an abcess. However, you need to finish the full course of antibiotics to prevent recurrences and to prevent development of resistant bacteria in your system. ...Read more

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I am a cosmetology master instructor, I have a student w strep throat 31 yrs old her 3rd time with strep throat, fever. How long is she contageous?

She may not be.: Recurrent strep infections can mean the patient is colonized with the bacteria in her throat. You may not be at risk...But good hand washing and wearing gloves can be helpful to avoid infection yourself. If you smoke, stop and she could cover her face with a mask while working. Hope that helps. ...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


Contagious (Definition)

One is able to transmit an infection to another by ...Read more