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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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Hey I'm 17 and I just had mono. I had mono for 4 days and the only symptom I had was a mild strep throat. When do you think my spleen will go down?

Hey I'm 17 and I just had mono. I had mono for 4 days and the only symptom I had was a mild strep throat. When do you think my spleen will go down?

Mono: Spleen becomes: Palpable when the size gets double. Most of the time doctors don't feel it- though enlarged. Ultrasound detects the enlargement, but not done routinely. It takes 4-6 weeks for the spleen to come to normal size. Depending on size of enlargement of spleen, no PE/sports for 4-6 weeks. Get clearance from your doc. Before resuming sports.

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Symptoms: strep throat, lack of symptoms, mild chest constriction. What is wrong with me?

Symptoms: strep throat, lack of symptoms, mild chest constriction. What is wrong with me?

Symptoms: Strep throat or sore throat? 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. Perhaps you have a virus. For really sore throat, temp of 104 or above or difficulty breathing - please see your doctor.

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Is it possible for strep throat which caused extremely mild rheumatic fever to go away on its own after taking 4 tablets of clarithromycin?

Is it possible for strep throat which caused extremely mild rheumatic fever to go away on its own after taking 4 tablets of clarithromycin?

If you have: rheumatic fever /strep it is important to take the full course of prescribed antibiotics. You have written in quite a few times about this - so clearly you are worried. Did you self -medicate with the clarithromycin?

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Exposed to someone w/ strep throat yesterday AM, developed a sore throat shortly after. Sore throat still present today but very mild. Do I have it?

Exposed to someone w/ strep throat yesterday AM, developed a sore throat shortly after. Sore throat still present today but very mild. Do I have it?

Maybe/not: The attack rate for strep varies with the degree of exposure and season of the year. In the winter months it can be as high as 30% with casual contact. Most sore throats are viral but can also be allergic. Without testing there is no way to be sure.

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Are there cases where strep throat cause immune system to attack heart but it is very mild to be considered rheumatic fever?

Are there cases where strep throat cause immune system to attack heart but it is very mild to be considered rheumatic fever?

Doubtful: If you have confirmed strep throat, the treatment of amoxicillin or azithromycin would protect from rheumatic fever, scarlet fever, etc. There are other conditions that can cause systemic symptoms of fever and shortness of breath (Lemierre's syndrome). If the process was a viral syndrome e.g mononucleosis (which can cause an exudative tonsillitis) the fatigue, sweats would persist. See a doctor.

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Can strep throat cause only mild sore throat with redness and mild flu like symptoms with temp of 99.0?

Can strep throat cause only mild sore throat with redness and mild flu like symptoms with temp of 99.0?

Yes: Some people have minimal symptoms with strep as adults & some actively carry it in their throat & never seem to get sick from it. Without a fever, I am reluctant to consider it an infection but when there are both fever & generalized symptoms it is likely not a simple carrier state.

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Does ARS cause multiple lymph nodes to swell? I had a low risk exposure. Mild fever (3weeks), strep throat+stuffed nose (no more), one sw lymph gl (neck)

Does ARS cause multiple lymph nodes to swell? I had a low risk exposure. Mild fever (3weeks), strep throat+stuffed nose (no more), one sw lymph gl (neck)

Acute HIV infection: HIV-1 infection can occur with unprotected sex or injection drug use. 2 - 4 weeks after an exposure, a patient may develop a flu or mono-like illness called acute HIV infection. These symptoms may include fever, lymphadenopathy, pharyngitis, rash, myalgia, malaise, &/or mouth sores. Other symptoms might include N/V, thrush, headache or neurologic symptoms. Duration is 1 to a few weeks. Get checked

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Please help! What happens to an untreated case of strep throat?

Please help! What happens to an untreated case of strep throat?

Lucky vs unlucky: In some lucky ones (probably the majority) the symptoms subside in 3-7 days and nothing bad happens at all. In some, the germ makes an erythrotoxin that produces a sunburn like rash that causes itching ; skin pealing. In some, the body develops antibodies that can cause kidney damage ; high blood pressure. In some, the antibodies attack the heart or brain producing rheumatic fever ; long term pbs.

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Could you tell me what happens to an untreated case of strep throat?

Could you tell me what happens to an untreated case of strep throat?

Lucky vs unlucky: In some lucky ones (probably the majority) the symptoms subside in 3-7 days and nothing bad happens at all. In some, the germ makes an erythrotoxin that produces a sunburn like rash that causes itching & skin pealing. In some, the body develops antibodies that can cause kidney damage & high blood pressure. In some, the antibodies attack the heart or brain producing rheumatic fever & long term pbs.

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Hello. My bf has been diagnosed with a very very bad case of strep throat. I guess only 1 and 50 people get it as bad as he does. I have been kissing him and eating and drinking off of him. Will I get it?

Hello. My bf has been diagnosed with a very very bad case of strep throat. I guess only 1 and 50 people get it as bad as he does. I have been kissing him and eating and drinking off of him. Will I get it?

Most likely: There are about 5% of the population that never gets sick with strep even if they carry it. But since most do, I suspect you will & usually would show signs within 24-36 hours. Strep is strep & I don't know anyone who really classifies it. Some of the nastiest throats I have seen were viral (mono).

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I have a bad case of strep throat infected white pus pockets all over my throat taking amoxicillin not working can you prescribe something stronger?

I have a bad case of strep throat infected white pus pockets all over my throat taking amoxicillin not working can you prescribe something stronger?

Using this site: This is the public HT site where we accept questions from the public & provide general information. We do not offer to diagnose or treat anyone for anything. True strep is universally killed by amoxicillin in proper doses. You may have a concurrent mono or other germ which can prolong the symptoms. Contact the treating doc & arrange a follow up.

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What is strep throat?

Specific infection: A strep throat is a bacterial infection of the throat (pharynx), tonsils or both caused by the bacteria group a streptococcus. Unfortunately common usage has deteriorated to mean sore throat in general. This is inaccurate. Many more viruses cause sore throats than streptococcal bacteria. Fever & sore throat for more than 2 days without cold symptoms suggests possible strep. A culture is best dx.

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How bad is strep throat?

How bad is strep throat?

Depends: Streptococcus pyogenes, the bacteria behind strep throat is naturally colonized in some folks. When it is actually infecting you, that is, provoking an immune response in you, it can produce significant problems if left unchecked including rheumatic fever and subsequent heart valve disease later.

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What is a 'strep' throat?

Throat infection: "strep" throat is an infection of the throat or tonsils caused by a type of bacteria called group a streptococcus. Usually accompanied by fever, headache, or nausea, strep is one if the few throat infections treated with antibiotics. Strep can only be reliably diagnosed with a throat swab. Although most cases resolve on their own, complications can arise if untreated within 10 days.

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Is strep throat seasonal?

Is strep throat seasonal?

Not Always: There is a seasonal pattern as in dr park's response, but it does generally occur all year round to some degree. So beware and careful.

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Is strep throat airborne?

Is strep throat airborne?

Usually not: This germ is in the mucous secretions of the carriers. They might be able to cough a few out, but they would dry out soon & die. Most pick it up through casual contact. Person A puts fingers in mouth, touches doorknob painting it with strep. Person B opens door and eventually touches face/mouth, completing the pass. It is much less contagious than chickenpox, where a cough is common + airborne spread

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Symptoms of strep throat?

Symptoms of strep throat?

Strep throat: Your throat may or may not hurt. You may or may not fever. Malaise, poor appetite or cold symptoms may be present. Since the symptoms are non-specific it is important to take a throat culture to rule out strep.

Strep Throat (Definition)

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