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Can you catch strep throat from someone if they don't have a fever yet? It was caught early & the fever hadn't developed yet. Is it still contagious?

Can you catch strep throat from someone if they don't have a fever yet? It was caught early & the fever hadn't developed yet.  Is it still contagious?

Yes: You can have strep without fever; someone with strep is contagious for about a day before symptoms start until 24-36 hours after appropriate antibiotics are started. ...Read more

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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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I am a cosmetology master instructor, I have a student w strep throat 31 yrs old her 3rd time with strep throat, fever. How long is she contageous?

I am a cosmetology master instructor,  I have a student w strep throat  31 yrs old her 3rd time with strep throat, fever.  How long is she contageous?

She may not be.: Recurrent strep infections can mean the patient is colonized with the bacteria in her throat. You may not be at risk...But good hand washing and wearing gloves can be helpful to avoid infection yourself. If you smoke, stop and she could cover her face with a mask while working. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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If you don't have a fever does that mean it's not strep throat?

If you don't have a fever does that mean it's not strep throat?

Not necessarily: Although fever is common with strep throat, it is not proof that you don't have it. If the sore throat is fairly painful, and especially if you don't feel well otherwise--headache, aches and pains etc.--it is still possible. Strep doesn't usually come with a lot of cold symptoms like runny nose and congested cough. Only way to be sure is to get checked, possibly with a test for strep. ...Read more

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Does strep throat cause a rheumatic fever?

Does strep throat cause a rheumatic fever?

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 more

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How do I know if my strep throat has given me rheumatic fever?

How do I know if my strep throat has given me rheumatic fever?

+strep, fever, and..: There are so called criteria to make diagnosis of such. At least you must have several of the things here such as: fever, multiple joint pain, rash (erythema marginatum), sydenham's chorea (st. Vitus' dance), heart inflammation, ekg changes, high white blood cell count etc...If u have concerns/symptoms, consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Could my 10 month old possibly have strep throat if his fever went away?

Could my 10 month old possibly have strep throat if his fever went away?

Yes: The only way to be certain a patient does or does not have strep throat is to do a culture with a good specimen. These take several days to come back. Rapid tests in the office test for only one strain but the one that usually causes strep throat and they are very accurate. In such a young child you would need objective evidence to make that determination with certainty. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have strep throat with only minor symptoms & develop rheumatic fever?

Is it possible to have strep throat with only minor symptoms & develop rheumatic fever?

Yes: Although Rheumatic fever is thought to be very rare in the US, it does occur and can occur after an untreated mild strep infection. The risk for rheumatic fever is greater in younger children and teens and tends to go down as you reach adulthood. ...Read more

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Is strep throat usually accompanied by a fever? What about bronchitis? And does bronchitis usually resolve on its own?

Is strep throat usually accompanied by a fever?  What about bronchitis? And does bronchitis usually  resolve on its own?

Yes: Strep throat and bronchitis usually have fever but may not in all circumstances. Sometimes someone my have a low temperature as well. Many times they resolve without antibiotics but there is a risk of a complication including scarlet fever and post streptococcal glomerulonephritis. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed. Yesterday with strep throat. They gave me a shot of bicilon how long does it take to kick in and the fever will go away?

I was diagnosed. Yesterday with strep throat. They gave me a shot of bicilon  how long does it take to kick in and the fever will go away?

Typically 48 hours.: Bicillin injection is convenient, but rather painful and expensive way to treat strep. In most cases, the good old penicillin is the #1 recommended treatment for strep infection. Oral formualtion is much cheaper. Typically, you should see improvement from strep (if the bug is sensitive to it) quite rapidly, often within 48 hours. If by tomorrow n u r not better, consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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I think I have strep throat, but i'm not completely certain. I have the symptoms, but is there a possibility they are just symptoms of a cold/fever?

I think I have strep throat, but i'm not completely certain. I have the symptoms, but is there a possibility they are just symptoms of a cold/fever?

Could be either: The reason that medical providers do strep throat tests & cultures is to determine if you have strep throat. Best not to take chances with your health and have this medically evaluated. Untreated strep throat can lead to serious complications. ...Read more

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Do i need a fever and vomiting to have strep throat?

Do i need a fever and vomiting to have strep throat?

No: No. Sxs of strep throat can include: pain of throat; large, red tonsils with white exudates; small red dots on roof of the mouth; swollen lymph nodes on neck; fever, headache, rash, difficulty swallowing, fatigue or rash. ...Read more

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How long does fever last with strep throat?

How long does fever last with strep throat?

1-3 days after: After you start appropriate treatment for appropriately diagnosed strep throat, the fever usually resolves within a couple of days. If it lasts longer than 3 days after taking medicine as prescribed, you should contact the doctor as you may have developed an abcess that needs draining or other complication. It would also be possible the wrong diagnosis was made, and need to make sure on right meds. ...Read more

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How long does a fever last with strep throat?

How long does a fever last with strep throat?

Fever and strep: Hello, it depends on the infection, the intensity or degree of inoculation, your immune status and overall state of health. Typically, the infection and fever will be treated with medicine to reduce the fever like Acetaminophen or an antibiotic. You should see the fever resolve with a few days. If it persists, see your doctor for another evaluation. ...Read more

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How long does a fever last with strep throat.?

How long does a fever  last with strep throat.?

Response within 48H: I usually see the fever begin to drop within 36-48 hrs depending on the type of abx i use(based on allergy profile). Persistence of fever generally means there is a co-existing viral process or something like mononucleosis that can occur together. ...Read more

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How long should a fever with strep throat last?

How long should a fever with strep throat last?

Once antibiotics are: Started, most people have significant improvmement 24 to 48 hours out. ...Read more

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I have fever, a little bit, with scratchy throat. How can I tell a cold from a strep throat?

I have fever, a little bit, with scratchy throat. How can I tell a cold from a strep throat?

May be difficult: Initially, it may be very difficult. A strep throat however, is often accompanied by a headache and/or abdominal pain, as well as a fairly severe headache as well as a progressively severe sore throat that will make even swallowing difficult. Some affected people may also develop a rash--often described as feeling like sandpaper--that is particularly prominent in skin folds, such as the elbow. ...Read more

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I have a low fever diaherria strep throat and bad migranes what type of OTC medicine should I take?

See the doctor: If you have "strep" throat, which indicates infection by bacteria named streptococcus, you will need to take antibiotics. This is confirmed by testing by your provider. But, not all sore throats are due to strep throat. Your primary care doctor will be able to determine this by taking a throat culture. Often, sore throats are caused by viruses, which are self-limited. ...Read more

Strep Throat (Definition)

A throat infection caused by a strep bacteria that responds ...Read more


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