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Is Strep Just In The Throat
Woke up with sore throat. Have runny clogged nose too. Could this be strep. Or just a sore throat?
Viral infection: Almost all upper respiratory tract infections start with a virus. The fact that you have nasal congestion associated with the sore throat is typical of a viral etiology. In general, if symptoms get worse after 5 days or not improved after 10 days a throat culture and appropriate antibiotic should be considered. ...Read more
My son has strep as I just did a throat culture given to me. He is an 82 pound, 11 year old boy. What should his dosage of amoxicillin be?
Be seen: He should see his physician.Get a more detailed answer ›
Two issues: Tonsillitis is a nonspecific term designating the tonsils as inflamed ; may occur with many germs including strep. Strep throat indicates a specific agent streptococcus group a which is easily confirmed with a quick test or culture. While viral tonsillitis requires no abx ; will self heal, strep needs rx to prevent complications ; prevent spread within the community. ...Read more
I woke up this morning and couldn't talk. My throat felt like it was glued shut. It hurts on the left side. Strep, bronchitis, or just a sore throat?
Strep throat: Strep throat usually has sore throat, swollen lymph nodes in the neck, and sometimes fever. There is usually not nasal congestion or cough. Strep throat doesn't last very long and we (doctors) treat it with antiobiotics to prevent complications that you can get from the bacteria if it isn't treated. Here's a bit more information: http://1.Usa. Gov/12ysmfk. ...Read more
Hello, I am 16 and my girlfriend just got strep throat, I don't necessarily have it yet but what are some things I can do to prevent/help the chances?
No sharing: Spread by sharing, kissing, drinking after each others, etc. ...Read more
Scalp hurts too touch like someone is pulling my hair my right ear also hurts and just just had strep throats wondering about the scalp pain never had?
See a doctor: Sounds like you have pressure bulding in the right ear, possibly from the recent illness or an entirely new and separate illness. The scalp discomfort is likely, referred pain, due to the right ear issue (s). You need to have a doctor examine you. ...Read more
Hey so I just had strep throat and should I wash all my sheets like are they contagious to my family if they use the same blanket I used when I was sick.
I recently got a bad sore throat and it is not mono or strep throat. I just looked at my throat and it has white patches. It only hurts on one side.
Yes: An estimated 5 % of the population carry strep year round without illness with the level increasing to as much as 30% during the cold winter months. Blood tests can differentiate the carriers from those that are truly experiencing infection. ...Read more
STREP INFECTION:: Cold is caused by viruses, accompanied by: runny nose, sore throat, cough, fever, loss of appetite, etc. Strep is rather abrupt onset of sore throat, fever, fowl breath, etc. Both are contagious, so you may hear the history as: there is strep contact at school, or there is virus going on around. In strep, because of inflammation/ infection in throat/tonsils, some cold like symptoms can be felt. ...Read more
I recently had strep throat and I'm supposed to take 3 pills a day but I just take 1 a day now. Could I get strep throat by not taking the medicine?
Failed treatment: The treatment plan for a given condition is based on the type of antibiotic and how it is best used to kill the germ. If you are only using 1/3 of the treatment daily, you risk just failing to kill off the germ, and allowing it to persist after treatment. It would be as if you never treated it. ...Read more
I have small white patches in the back of my throat? I just had strep in august, and I'm just now getting over a cold that I've had for the past week.
Strep throat: Hello, to have an infection in one area and not another would require a physical barrier for bacteria to be contained. In the throat, there us no such barrier. The bacteria live in a moist medium so the bacteria would be dispersed throughout. A culture may come back positive on one side but not the other. That doesn't mean the infection only exists on one side. ...Read more
Sometimes: Sometimes, strep throat will cause more pain in the left or right side of one's throat, but symptoms usually generalize to both sides of the throat within a few days. This can happen with any kind of throat infection, not just with strep. Doctors have a 5-minute test they can do in the office from a throat swab, to diagnose strep throat. Antibiotics like amoxicillin are used to treat strep throat. ...Read more
Viral pharyngitis: Most sore throats are due to viruses, and therefore strep tests are usually negative. You have viral pharyngiitis. It will clear up on its own in a few days. Check with your doctor if it doesn't improve within a week or so. ...Read more
For adults, are the antibodies that fight bacteria causing strep throats always circulating in blood?
Yes.: Usually for several days.Get a more detailed answer ›
I got strep throat and been given cephelexin and the dosage just for 3 days. But I can still feel pain in my throat?
I was diagnosed with strep throat and just started on penicillin today. How long does strep usually last when it's being treated?
10 days: The sore throat usually gets better in a few days but the strep is not eradicated until after 10 days of penicillin treatment. The pharyngitis usually resolves within 7 days of onset even without treatment, but unfortunately there is then the risk of glomerulonephritis and rheumatic fever so be sure to complete your full 10 days of treatment even if you feel cured after a few days. ...Read more
Is it posssible to be a carrier of strep throat with no to little symptoms my daughter keep getting strep I'm just wondering if I might have it?
Yes,: It is possible to be a carrier with little to no symptoms. ...Read more