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Is There A Difference Between Scarlet Fever And Strep Throat
What is the difference between a bacterial strep throat, and a viral sore throat like people have with mono?
Nose vs. throat: A cold is viral. It is due to infection by a virus called rhinovirus. It results in nasal congestion, throat irritation, and generalized weakness. Treatment is supportive care and rest. Strep throat is a pharyngitis or inflammation affecting your throat due to the bacteria streptococcus pyogenes. Treatment is with antibiotics. ...Read more
Germ & consequence: Group a streptococcus is the agent causing strep throat while a multitude of viruses can cause an otherwise sore throat. Both will get better within a few days without treatment. However, the untreated strep may result in heart, kidney or central nervous system problems if not treated within the first 9 days.Symptoms may be identical at the beginning. ...Read more
This...: Strep throat is an infection by the streptococcus bacteria of the pharynx of the throat. Losing your voice (laryngitis) is an inflammation of the larynx of the throat that is usually due to a virus. With strept throat, there is painful swallowing and often fever. With laryngitis, the throat is not very sore and there is no fever. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bacteria vs virus: Strep throat targets the glandular structures of the throat including tonsils, adenoids, and palate.It is caused by a specific strain of strep bacteria. A cold is triggered by any of many upper respiratory viruses that target the nose, upper and mid airways.In small infants, the viruses go further down into the smallest airways. ...Read more
Strep throat: Tonsillitis is a generic term that describes an irritation/inflammation of the tonsils. Tonsillitis can be caused by infectious bacteria or viruses strep throat refers to the bacterial organism sometimes responsible tor tonsillitis. It is characterized by beefy red, ulcerated, very painful tonsillitis. Strep throat remains the most common reason for removing the tonsils. ...Read more
What is the difference between sore and throat infection? Dose throat infection lead to throat cancer?
Sore throat: This is a symptom that can be produced by many causes, most commonly infection and allergy, but also postnasal drip and reflux. The infections can be bacterial or viral. The only infection which may uncommonly lead to cancer is epstein barr virus (infectious mononucleosis) but usually not throat cancer. ...Read more
Hay fever vs cold: From a practical perspective, the symptoms of both of these disorders are the same--runny nose and sneezing, perhaps also with itching, running eyes. The difference is that a cold will only last 3-4 days usually, while allergy symptoms tend to be chronic (eg., last all spring). So if your cold symtpoms don't quit after a week, you probably have allergies. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How can one tell the difference between a sore throat from the common cold and a sore throat from strep throat?
Culture: The best way to tell if a sore throat is strep is with a strep culture. Rapid strep tests also give good answers in the office, but strep culture remains the gold standard. Your doctor may treat you without a test if the symptoms warrant, or do a rapid strep test or culture if it isn't clear. Symptoms suggesting strep include fever, pus on the tonsils, painful lymph nodes, and exposure to strep. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Not always: Allergies don't cause a fever, and usually last longer than a cold(10days)..An itchy nose is more frequent with allergies, and the mucous from an allergy is usually clear...Severe aches = cold not an allergy..Check out this link http://www.Niaid.Nih.Gov/topics/allergicdiseases/documents/coldallergy.Pdf. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Viruses or Bacterial: Common cold, flu (influenza) mononucleosis (mono), measles chickenpox croup — a common childhood illness characterized by a harsh, barking cough strep throat, which is caused by a bacterium known as streptococcus pyogenes, or group a streptococcus whooping cough, a highly contagious respiratory tract infection diphtheria. ...Read more
Is there any kind of cold or flu that just causes sore throat and fever and chills for 3or 4 days? With no runny nose and other symptoms?!
Cold: There are many kinds of viruses. Some can cause that, . ...Read more
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