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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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
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
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
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
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
How long can strep throat virus live on a thermometer? I accidentally used an oral thermometer without knowing it was not cleaned
My son was diagnosed w/ strep throat @ beginning of bronchitis. Is bronchitis a virus? How long is the incubationfor these 2? I have 2 other kids.
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