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Is it normal to get strep throat at the same time every year?

Is it normal to get strep throat at the same time every year?

Strep is seasonal: Streptococcal throat infections occur more commonly in colder months/seasons. So naturally, one will catch them more frequently in those months. ...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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My daughter has had strep throat at least every other month this passed year. A relative of mine told me to ask to get her tested for pandas. Should I?

PANDAS: Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Strep is a relatively rare condition. The presence of frequent strep infections alone is not PANDAS- as the name implies, neuropsychiatric behaviors are the hallmark with the proper history. There is no "test" the diagnosis is based on history and physical findings alone. Discuss with your pediatrician. ...Read more

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Why for the past few years do I get strep throat 3+ times a year when i don't have tonsils? Possible causes?

Strep or not strep?: Germs can infect the walls of your throat, even when you don't have tonsils. Cold viruses can cause a sore throat, so 3+ episodes of these a year are common. If you have true streptococcus bacterial infections (verified by testing) often, you or a member of your household may be a carrier. That is, your immune system lets strep bacteria live like squatters in your throat, instead of killing them. ...Read more

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Is it possible for my 3 year old to have strep throat and the flu at the same time?

Is it possible for my 3 year old to have strep throat and the flu at the same time?

Yes: His/her dr. Can test for strep. We usually prefer to make a single diagnosis, but both could co-exist. Strep throat should be treated with an antibiotic. There is only symptomatic relief for the flu. Tamiflu (oseltamivir) is said to reduce flu symptoms for beween 1/2 - 1 day and probably not worth taking. ...Read more

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I constantly get strep throat about 3 to four times a year.Can removing my tonsils help prevent step throat? What are other things I can do to stop it

I constantly get strep throat about 3 to four times a year.Can removing my tonsils help prevent step throat? What are other things I can do to stop it

Yes and no: The removal of the palatine tonsils can reduce the "intensity" of illness when you get strep in the future, but it does not prevent you from getting it. After the tonsils are removed, there are still tissues and glands in the throat that can become infected, with the same risk of immune mediated complications. ...Read more

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2 year old has strep throat .taking meds for 3 days..no fever but.now sleeps all the time...is this normal?

2 year old has strep throat .taking meds for 3 days..no fever but.now sleeps all the time...is this normal?

Treated ? : A strep infection is very easily treated with penicillins, But you need to complete the therapy. If the fever and other symptoms are gone, the sleepiness should not be an issue. If you think this is excessive, though a quick check up at the pediatrician may be a good idea to reassure nothing has taken a turn for the worse. ...Read more

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Can you get strep throat from swallowing semen? I ask because every time I have oral sex with a new partner, I either get a sore or strep throat.

Can you get strep throat from swallowing semen? I ask because every time I have oral sex with a new partner, I either get a sore or strep throat.

Won't get strep: You might want to think about barrier protection until you really know a guy -- the HIV risk is relatively small but probably real. More seriously, you're at risk for gonococcal pharyngitis, which can be very troublesome. ...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