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Is Strep Throat Contagious Without A Fever
Yes: Common colds are always viral.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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
Part of Strep: Scarlet fever is produced by the breakdown if you will of the strep bacteria. Not everyone who has "strep" develops the rash. The scarlet fever rash is more common in children. If you suspect you have a strep infection, seek treatment asap in order to avoid complications. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How commun is rheumatic Fever from untreated strep throat? Also, is it still possible to contract strep throat after having the tonsils removed?
Rare and yes: Rheumatic fever is very rare these days. The reasons for its lower frequency than in past years are not completely known. Accurate diagnosis and prompt treatment of group A streptococcal infections are only part of the explanation. Strep throat certainly can occur after tonsillectomy. ...Read more
Rapid strep neg but pedi treating because throat looks very suspicious of strep, but she has no throat pain just high fever. Virus or strep?
Hard to know: The strep test is generally predictive, but false negative is possible. More information would be needed for a physician to provide a second opinion (duration symptoms, presence/absence cough, etc). Suggest you try out the Virtual Consult feature on HealthTap using either the Prime or Concierge features. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: Historically, Infectious mononucleosis has been referred to as the kissing disease as mainly teenagers and college age children were affected and transmission is through saliva by either kissing or sharing beverages. Strep is a contagious infection and also transmitted by sharing germs either by kissing, sharing drinks, or close contact. ...Read more
Yes it can: Strep throat is due to infection with streptococcus pyogenes. It is easily treated with antibiotics, but if let untreated it can induce an immune reaction that can lead to Rheumatic Fever and Gloerulonephritis. It is easily diagnosed with a swab in minutes and treated with antibiotics so these diseases are rare now. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Scarlet fever: You may not have a fever but the rash is characteristic-sand papery and inflamed looking. If your throat culture states you have group a strep it is scarlet fever. The symptoms should start getting better in 2-3 days. The rash may take a bit longer to go. Don't stop your antibiotics in the middle of the treatment though, even if you are better. ...Read more
Definitions: "strep" throat is always bacterial because that term refers to the bacterium streptococcus pneumoniae. Everything else is a sore throat but is not 'strep'. Yes, you can have viral and bacterial in the throat at the same time but, this is not very common. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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