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Is it possible to get a virus strep throat when you have a bacteria strep throat?

Is it possible to get a virus strep throat when you have a bacteria strep throat?

Definitions: "strep" throat is always bacterial because that term refers to the bacterium streptococcus pneumoniae. Everything else is a sore throat but is not 'strep'. Yes, you can have viral and bacterial in the throat at the same time but, this is not very common. ...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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Can you be simultaneously sick with strep throat and a virus?

Can you be simultaneously sick with strep throat and a virus?

Maybe?: I am not sure. The central issue is that you have a strep throat test. Sxs of strep throat can include: large, red painful tonsils with white exudates; small red dots on the roof of the mouth; swollen lymph nodes on the neck; fever, headache, rash, difficulty swallowing, fatigue & rash. Complications can include infection of middle ear, sinuses, tonsils, skin & blood; scarlet fever, inflammation. ...Read more

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Is there another medication to take for strep throat bacteria?

Is there another medication to take for strep throat bacteria?

Strep antibiotics: Another medication - are you taking one right now? The antibiotic of choice for strep throat is Penicillin VK (most potent and cheapest) and its derivatives. If allergic to it, other choices are the Erythromycin group, Cipro (ciprofloxacin) group, cephalosporin group. The last group should be taken with caution as there could be an associated cross-allergy in 10% of people. ...Read more

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Which is worse strep throat or tonsillitis caused by virus?

Which is worse strep throat or tonsillitis caused by virus?

Worse?: Either are not fun, and Strep is treated with antibiotics. Strep has risk of, albeit small, of affecting the kidneys and therefore it is treated with antibiotics. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a virus or if it's strep throat?

How do I know if I have a virus or if it's strep throat?

Get tested: The symptoms often overlap & both can improve over several days without treatment. However, 2-6 wks after the primary infection complications from the strep can occur in approximately 1/200 untreated cases.This includes preventable kidney, heart, systemic or brain related disorders. ...Read more

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Any home remedies for killing the bacteria from strep throat?

Any home remedies for killing the bacteria from strep throat?

No: If you really have a strep throat it will usually get better without antibiotic treatment in about 7 days but you then run the risk of developing the serious post-streptococcal sequella of glomerulonephritis or rheumatic fever. To prevent this risk you need to take a full 10 days of a penicillin antibiotic. Symptomatic treatments include throat lozenges, cepacol throat spray and tylenol (acetaminophen). ...Read more

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After your strep throat symptoms go away, is the virus still present in your body?

Strep is not a virus: While many sore throats are caused by viruses, strep throat is caused by a pathogenic strain of a bacteria called group a streptococcus. Both types of sore throat will improve over a few days & both will have active germs present after symptoms improve. Failure to have strep verified & treated may allow the germ to damage various organ systems over time. The viruses pass & self heal. ...Read more

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How long can strep throat virus live on a thermometer? I accidentally used an oral thermometer without knowing it was not cleaned

How long can strep throat virus live on a thermometer? I accidentally used an oral thermometer without knowing it was not cleaned

Not to worry: if you do not develop a perisistent sore throat , you will be fine, if have sore throat , go to your doctor get a rapid test and culture. . not sure how long the bacteria will live but chance are small to develop strep after such espoure . ...Read more

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Strep throat virus got into lungs! help with icky sticky pus?

Strep throat virus got into lungs! help with icky sticky pus?

Need an eval: Strep is not a virus & if present in your throat or lungs can have major consequences if left untreated. A visit with your pcp or urgent care center should be able to verify the source of your problem & rx treatments that would help. ...Read more

Virus (Definition)

A virus is a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of organisms, from animals and plants ...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