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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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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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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

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