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Is Pharyngitis The Same As Strep Throat
Pharyngitis: Hello. Pharyngitis is a term that means inflammation of the pharynx which actuall is the back of the nose, mouth and throat. Strep is a common bacteria that can cause pharyngitis. Common lingo sometimes uses strep to refer to a pharyngitis but it is important to realize that viruses are one of the most causes of pharyngitis and antibiotics are actually not helpful in these cases. ...Read more
No: Laryngitis refers to an infection of the larynx or the voice box. Usually patients are hoarse with it. The larynx closes when we speak, swallow and cough. Tonsils are like specialized lymph nodes and are part of your immune system. In the mouth, you actually have four tonsils...The palatine tonsils (on both sides), the adenoid (in the nasopharynx) and the lingual tonsil (back of the tongue). ...Read more
The germ: Some group A strep germs carry an extra piece of genetic code that triggers a toxin that can cause the rash. If someone has a strep infection in their throat it usually shows up within 12 hrs of the first fever. If the infection is treated very early, it may not show up at all. A strep germ without the extra gene will not trigger the rash. Scarlet fever is an old term used back before penicillin. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is it possible that a child has strep throat and the adults around the child only get throat infections without the strep bacteria?
Strep Throat: Group A Strep is the cause of many sore throats. The body does form antibodies (IgG and IgM) to the organism. There are many different types of Group A strep which makes complete immunity rare. With some strains of strep there is a cross reactivity with heart valves leading to Rheumatic Heart Disease. Checking for strep and being treated is a good idea. ...Read more
No: Both are triggered by the same bacteria GABHS, but are different diseases. Rheumatic fever is caused by the overreaction of the own body's immune system, which may attack it's own structures (like the heart and the joints). Scarlet fever occurs when that bacteria is infected with a virus that causes a toxin which makes the skin red and harsh but it may also cause rheumatic fever as a sequel. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not possible: Dr. Lawson's repl is exactly right. I'll add that there is no way to diagnose oral chlamydia except by throat swab. However, such testing isn't generally recommended anyway. Although chlamydia can be found in the throat, that's rarely the only site of infection. And if you have genital chlamydia, the treatment will take care of an oral infection if present. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What could be the symptoms of pharyngitis in which the throat culture is negative for streptococcus?
Child has strep throat but also has mucousy cough, is the cough from the strep or another infection?
Upper respiratory: infections can accompany strep throat. Strep is itself an upper respiratory infection. Often a cold is the trigger for strep to be activated. Can use supportive care such as a humidifier and vicks, and if your child needs it a cough med, Check with your doctor about the use of other meds ...Read more
Throat culture: To optimize sensitivity of any culture, the specimen must be from areas with active bacterial colonies. These are often manifest by redness and perhaps some exudate. Using direct exam, the person performing the culture should look at the palate, tonsils and posterior pharynx to select the best sites to sample. ...Read more
Pharyngitis means: Inflammation of the pharynx, just like appendicitis means inflammation of the appendix or cholecystitis is inflammation of the gallbladder. "sore throat" is pretty general, and even as lay terminology could imply a viral pharyngitis or a strep bacterial pharyngitis. You could even have a mechanical pharyngitis from screaming at a sports event, for example. Hope this helps! ...Read more
Strep throat: Actually, not. A strep throat affects the pharynx and tonsils and is caused by bacteria. On the other hand, laryngitis involves the larynx or voice box and is mainly cuased by viruses. You develop a sore throat with strep and hoarness of the voice (or loss of voice in extreme cases) with laryngitis. ...Read more
What is the difference between a bacterial strep throat, and a viral sore throat like people have with mono?
The very first one: Most medical guidelines recommend penicillin as the first line agent to treat strep throat. However, i feel that Amoxicillin ( a derivative of penicillin) is more often prescribed simply because it is more tolerable/less side effects. This is debatable. It is important to treat strep pharyngitis as it can cause an array of medical problems down the line in the form of rhematic fever. ...Read more
Likely a virus: Up to 2/3 of throat infections are due to viral illnesses & will eventually heal without antibiotics.Use of throat lossenges & sprays help.An effort to should be made to maintain proper fluid intake in spite of discomfort as it will shorten the illness in most cases. ...Read more
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