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Is Rash A Symptom Of Strep Throat
Viruses or Bacterial: Common cold, flu (influenza) mononucleosis (mono), measles chickenpox croup — a common childhood illness characterized by a harsh, barking cough strep throat, which is caused by a bacterium known as streptococcus pyogenes, or group a streptococcus whooping cough, a highly contagious respiratory tract infection diphtheria. ...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
Throat lump: It can be associated with acid reflux and i see that you have heartburn and you smoke, which does not help it. The lump may also be from post nasal drip if you have nasal allergies. I will bet on acid reflux, you need to change your diet and stop smoking and maybe take some otc antacids. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Viral infection: Most of the time it's due to a viral infection. Strep infections do occur but are not as common, the patient is sicker with fever and malaise. Rarely sore throats can be caused by structural problems. If a sore throat lasts longer than a month see ENT for definitive diagnosis. ...Read more
Can be either one: Mild nose and throat symptoms can be from cold viruses, strep throat, allergies, etc... It can be difficult to tell what the cause is. If symptoms only last 1-2 days, it was likely allergies, irritation, or a mild cold. Doctors have rapid 5-minute tests for strep, so a primary care doctor can diagnose strep and start antibiotics "right away", which means within the first 3 days of strep symptoms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: The idea of a superbug is one that is resistant to many standard antibiotics. Although it sounds scary, the symptoms often are similar to those of 'regular' bugs. Therefore a sore throat would not be unique to a superbug and is more likely to be due to more common infection. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Throat bitterness: Most frequently this is considered a symptom of reflux. Acid reflux is when stomach contents go the wrong way and get into your throat. It tastes quite...Bitter. Could also be from post-nasal drainage, but usually this is not so sour. Infection from a sinus infection tastes and smells worse than allergy, but it usually isn't quite as bad tasting as reflux. ...Read more
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