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Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more


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Woke up with sore throat. Have runny clogged nose too. Could this be strep. Or just a sore 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

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Can genital warts cause strep or just a sore throat?

Can genital warts cause strep or just a sore throat?

Confusing question: Your question needs clarification. But, genital warts are caused by hpv human papilloma virus. Strep throat is caused by group a beta hemolytic streptococcus bacteria. So, genital warts can cause oral papilloma viral lesions through oral sex. ...Read more

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How to know if I have strep throat or just a sore throat?

How to know if I have strep throat or just a sore throat?

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

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Can you just get strep throat? Or have to be in contact with it

Can you just get strep throat? Or have to be in contact with it

From contact: You must be exposed to strep from someone else to get it yourself. The exception is if you are a carrier. Strep carriers always have strep in their throats despite usual antibiotic treatment. ...Read more

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I just got strep throat and I have never had it before. So what's all supposed to happened?

I just got strep throat and I have never had it before. So what's all supposed to happened?

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

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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?

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

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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.

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.

Strep: Strep is fairly contagious generally spread by droplets but can contaminate towels and sheets. Good hygiene is the best prevention so washing sheets and blankets would be prudent ...Read more

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Can strep throat affect any part of the body or just the throat?

Can strep throat affect any part of the body or just the throat?

Confusing question: Strep throat is simply the effect this germ has on the tonsils/adenoids/mouth and throat. The same germ can cause a weepy dermatitis, peri-anal infection, and more. All these can lead to significant problems if left untreated. ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to be just a carrier of strep throat without actually having it?

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

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I'm 17 if that matters. I was just wondering if y'all still offer pills for strep throat.

I'm 17 if that matters. I was just wondering if y'all still offer pills for strep throat.

Sure.: Via consultation with one of our doctors, we can evaluate your symptoms and see what antibiotic may be appropriate for what ails you. ...Read more

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Is strep throat ususally accompanied or preceded by a cold? Or does it just appear suddenly?

Is strep throat ususally accompanied or preceded by a cold? Or does it just appear suddenly?

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

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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?

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

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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.

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.

Reason is unclear.: Due to recent throat infection you need to have a strep screen done. It is not stated if you have a sore throat now.
In view of your recent health problems see your doctor soon. If you cannot make an appt soon as for a strep screen. ...Read more

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Can you have strep on one side of your throat?

Can you have strep on one side of your throat?

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

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Can strep cause pain on only one side of the throat?

Can strep cause pain on only one side of the throat?

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

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My throat still hurts. The dr tested it for strep and it was negative. What's wrong?

My throat still hurts. The dr tested it for strep and it was negative. What's wrong?

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

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For adults, are the antibodies that fight bacteria causing strep throats always circulating in blood?

For adults, are the antibodies that fight bacteria causing strep throats always circulating in blood?

Depends: Only previous exposure to strep can induce protective antibodies which usually declines over time in a few years. If you have never had any exposure, there will be no antibody present ...Read more

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Can you tell me how could I tell if I have strep throat or just a cold?

Really sick feeling: Strep throat is accompanied by severe sore throat, fever, malaise, headache, and exhaustion. Some cases aren't that bad. Cold symptoms make you have a sore throat but one usually has more nasal symptoms-sneeing, runny nose. ...Read more

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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

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What's the chance of having strep throat after just getting over influenza? Can I stop it early if I do have it? (18yrold) took tamiflu75mg, 5 daysm

What's the chance of having strep throat after just getting over influenza? Can I stop it early if I do have it? (18yrold) took tamiflu75mg, 5 daysm

Strep: It is entirely possible to have strep throat after the flu. One does not exclude the other. I recommend consulting with your doctor to see if you actually do have strep throat. If you do, it will require antibiotic in order to resolve. ...Read more