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Can someone tell me how long will strep throat last if left untreated?

Can someone tell me how long will strep throat last if left untreated?

2-5 days: Strep throat infections are self limited usually lasting no longer than 5 days. Rarely, the strep can go to another part of the body setting up a 2nd site of infection. The danger with strep is in the sequelae or aftermath of the infection, that in susceptible individuals can lead to rheumatic heart, kidney or brain disease. It is for these reasons that strep infections should be treated. ...Read more

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3 yr old has strep throat. Looking back, she started symptoms 2 weeks before getting meds. Worried that we left it untreated for so long. Harmful?

3 yr old has strep throat. Looking back, she started symptoms 2 weeks before getting meds. Worried that we left it untreated for so long. Harmful?

Possibly: You have about 10 days from the first febrile response with strep to initiate treatment and stop the auto-antibody response that might trigger complications. You did not describe the symptoms, but if fever was not present you need not assume the clock started at that point. Complication rate of untreated strep runs about 1/200. Be vigilant and have her re-checked if problems arise. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me how long will strep throat last?

Can someone tell me how long will strep throat last?

Antibiotics: With appropriate antibiotics you should be feeling considerable better within a few days. ...Read more

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How long would strep throat last?

How long would strep throat last?

Varies: Infection may last up to 10 days but symptoms of throat pain and discomfort, headache and malaise should improve within 24-48 hrs of starting antibiotics. ...Read more

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How long would strep throat usually last?

Strep Throat: The incubation period for strep throat is usually about 3 days but is variable (2 to 5 days). You are contagious for at least 24 hours after starting antibiotics for strep throat. 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

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How long do the symptoms of strep throat last?

How long do the symptoms of strep throat last?

Varies: Typically, symptoms from a strep throat will last for several days, up to a week once on antibiotics. Occasionally, they infection can last longer ANS may even require more medications to resolve the symptoms. ...Read more

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What happens if strep throat is left untreated?

What happens if strep throat is left untreated?

Playing the odds: You can always play the odds and see what happens. Like the folk in the early 1900s.They also had strep and it passed. However, about 1/200 developed 1of 3 patterns of complications. The brain thing, st vitas dance put some in mental hospitals. The kidney thing led to sudden kidney failure that some did not survive. The heart thing ate up valves and left many weak for the remainder of a short life. ...Read more

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If left untreated with strep throat what will happen?

If left untreated with strep throat what will happen?

Playing the odds: You can always play the odds and see what happens. Like the folk in the early 1900s.They also had strep and it passed. However, about 1/200 developed 1of 3 patterns of complications. The brain thing, st vitas dance put some in mental hospitals. The kidney thing led to sudden kidney failure that some did not survive. The heart thing ate up valves and left many weak for the remainder of a short life. ...Read more

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How long does a strep throat last? Do I suppose to hold all activities until symptoms are better?

How long does a strep throat last? Do I suppose to hold all activities until symptoms are better?

10 days usually: Treatment with penicillin for 10 days is the usual course. Get a new toothbrush, care with drinking glasses, etc. Usually symptoms abate after 3 or 4days but important to take 10 days of medication! ...Read more

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I feel very scared & guilty my son had an untreated strep throat that went away 6 weeks ago. How long until it is completely behind us I worry everyday.?

Hard to say: The earliest problems with untreated strep often come up within the first 2 wks & effect the kidneys. Rheumatic fever/heart & brain effects are more likely to be 4-6 weeks out from the first fever. Either way, as you pass the 6 wk marker without known issues you may have been lucky. The estimated attack rate for major complications of untreated disease is 1-2%. Subtle effects may appear later. ...Read more

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How long does the painful throat last in strep throat?

How long does the painful throat last in strep throat?

Few days: If you are taking antibiotics it should be much better in 48 to 72 hours. If you are not much better in 5 days return to your doc. ...Read more

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Is five days too long to leave strep throat untreated?

Is five days too long to leave strep throat untreated?

Maybe, maybe not: Basic rule is the long term complications of untreated strep are avoided if treatment is started within 9-10 days of the first fever. Some strains of nephrogenic (kidney injury) strep can create problems if not treated sooner. Verification of strep is important, as most throat infections are viral. ...Read more

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How long does strep throat rash last?

How long does strep throat rash last?

Matter of days: Once proper antibiotics treatment instituted, rash fades pretty quick. ...Read more

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How long does a rash last from strep throat?

How long does a rash last from strep throat?

A few days: Rash associated with streptococcal infection disappears usually within a few days once treated properly with antibiotics. Occasionally, fine to gross skin peeling follows after initial rash subsides, i.e., scarlet fever. ...Read more

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How long should a fever with strep throat last?

How long should a fever with strep throat last?

Once antibiotics are: Started, most people have significant improvmement 24 to 48 hours out. ...Read more

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How long would strep throat/tonsillitis last while on penicillin?

How long would strep throat/tonsillitis last while on penicillin?

PCN: The person is usually not contagious after completing the first 24 hours of antibiotics and they generally feel significant improvement after 24 to 48 hours. You still need to take the full course of antibiotics. Don't stop just because you are feeling better. ...Read more

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How long does strep throat symptoms last for adults?

How long does strep throat symptoms last for adults?

Few days to a week: Usually after 1 week most if the symptoms should clear. ...Read more

Strep Throat (Definition)

A throat infection caused by a strep bacteria that responds ...Read more