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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

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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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

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I was diagnosed with strep throat and just started on penicillin today. How long does strep usually last when it's being treated?

10 days: The sore throat usually gets better in a few days but the strep is not eradicated until after 10 days of penicillin treatment. The pharyngitis usually resolves within 7 days of onset even without treatment, but unfortunately there is then the risk of glomerulonephritis and rheumatic fever so be sure to complete your full 10 days of treatment even if you feel cured after a few days. ...Read more

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I have a 2 year old and the Dr. Diagnost her with strep throat they gave her shot Tuesday how long does strep throat last. She still has pain?

I have a 2 year old and the Dr. Diagnost her with strep throat they gave her shot Tuesday how long does strep throat last. She still has pain?

Not unusual: I would run it by the doc that saw her Tuesday, because there are rare things that could be complicating her strep throat, like an abscess, but it is not all that unusual to feel crappy for 5-7 days if had a bad case of it. It is natures way of letting you know it is still fighting the infection and you need rest and nutrition. If still running a fever, definitely give doc a call back! ...Read more

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How long does fever last with strep throat?

How long does fever last with strep throat?

1-3 days after: After you start appropriate treatment for appropriately diagnosed strep throat, the fever usually resolves within a couple of days. If it lasts longer than 3 days after taking medicine as prescribed, you should contact the doctor as you may have developed an abcess that needs draining or other complication. It would also be possible the wrong diagnosis was made, and need to make sure on right meds. ...Read more

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How long does a fever last with strep throat?

How long does a fever last with strep throat?

Fever and strep: Hello, it depends on the infection, the intensity or degree of inoculation, your immune status and overall state of health. Typically, the infection and fever will be treated with medicine to reduce the fever like Acetaminophen or an antibiotic. You should see the fever resolve with a few days. If it persists, see your doctor for another evaluation. ...Read more

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How long does a fever last with strep throat.?

How long does a fever last with strep throat.?

Response within 48H: I usually see the fever begin to drop within 36-48 hrs depending on the type of abx I use (based on allergy profile). Persistence of fever generally means there is a co-existing viral process or something like mononucleosis that can occur together. ...Read more

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How long can strep throat last after taking a shot in the thigh?

How long can strep throat last after taking a shot in the thigh?

A shot of what?: It is unusual to treat a strep throat with a shot in the thigh. Usually this problem is treated with an appropriate oral antibiotic. We do not know the dose of the antibiotic nor do we know the antibiotic used. Therefore it is really impossible to answer your question. If the correct antibiotic is used systemically and the concentration is correct the symptoms should disappear within 4 days. ...Read more

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How long should strep throat last in cold weather?

2-4wks: If you are in normal immune status. It will be painful few weaks. ...Read more

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How long does bad breath associated with strep throat last?

Bad breath: Assuming your gums are generally healthy then you problems with strep throat should disappear as soon as your gums stop bleeding
swollen gums trap food particles and bleeding gums both result in bad breath
keep everything as clean as possible
if it still there after all signs of strep are gone then see a periodontist to check it out. ...Read more

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On average, how long will a body rash with strep throat last?

On average, how long will a body rash with strep throat last?

Scarlet fever: The rash associated with scarlet fever usually begins to fade within 3 to 7 days. Please ensure that you are treated with appropriate antibiotics if you have strep throat. ...Read more

Strep Throat (Definition)

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