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Is Strep B Contagious
Depends on situation: Its most worrisome problem occurs when it passes from the genital tract of a mother to her newborn during labor or delivery.The resulting exposure may result in a severe infection in the infant. The germ is found normally in the stool, and as such came from ingestion. It is common & seldom causes problems outside that with the newborn. The infected newborn is unlikely to pass it to others. ...Read more
Contagiousness: Yes. Of course. He is most likely contagious for the first 48 hours or so on antibiotics. ...Read more
Strept pyogenes: Many people are pharyngeal carriers of group a beta-hemolytic strep. They can pass the organism to other individuals, often by kissing or hand to mouth to mouth contact, and the recipient may or may not become infected. Sometimes it is difficult to know whether a strep isolated from a symptomatic person is actually causing their illness. ...Read more
Different strain: Strep has many different strains. Different strains cause different types of infections. In the throat, we usually just test for group a, since that is the strain that can lead to rheumatic heart disease. Other strains are usually left for the body to take care of without antibiotics. ...Read more
It can be: This condition is caused by the bug: streptococcus, which can be transmitted via salivary contact. It is not supercontagious like those of chicken-pox or measles which are airborn pathogens--meaning that they can stay in the air and infect others. So, if you are given antibiotics already, you should be fine. Just don't smooch for a few days :-) good luck. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Spread by contact: Strep throat spreads by contact with saliva from the infected person. Avoiding sharing of food or beverages and other close contact until the infected person has been treated with antibiotics for at least 24 hours is wise. If you get a sore throat or fever within a week of contact then call your doctor. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Conflict: Is it viral or bacterial? Usually for 48 hours on antibiotics if bacterial. ...Read more
I have strep. In AM I will take pill 5 of 20 but still running fever of almost 102. Still contagious or can I go to work tomorrow?
Keep getting horrible chills, white bumps on one side of tonsils.Think it's strep &will it go away w/no meds? 30yr olof female. Am I contagious ?
Best to get tested: Strep will go away without meds, but there is a small risk of complications (rheumatic fever, for example) if left untreated. This is an uncommon complication these days, but we still recommend testing and treating in the case of sore throats that seem different from the ones you typically get with a cold. ...Read more
My child went to urgent care yesterday to get treatment for her strep. They said she should be ok to go to school today. I thought she was contagious for a full 24hrs.
After how many hours of taking a z-pack for strep am I not contagious any more and able to return to work?
24-48 hrs: you should no longer be contagious after starting your first and second days. ...Read more
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