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My Strep Throat Is Getting Worse
Works up: Symptoms tend to begin over several days & to build. ...Read more
Yes: The symptoms of any throat infection like strep can get worse in spite of initial treatment for a number of reasons. First, you are playing catch up with a germ that had time to get established and will remain irritating until the blood level of med starts to kill it off. You can also be co-infected with a viral germ like mono that is not affected by the abx. ...Read more
I have strep throat and I started developing this last thursday and I've been getting worse what's the worst that can happen?
SEE YOUR MD: You need to see an md now and get diagnosed to be sure it is strep and if so it needs to be treated. The toxin the strep produces can damage kidneys and cause a variety of other problems. ...Read more
Strep throat getting worse after 2 type of abx. Initially started to improve, but by day 4 started getting worse - pus on throat & infected lymph node?
Not good: Some people do not absorb oral antibiotics very well. You may need to get some shots of antibiotic, IV doses. May also need to make sure you don't have mono at your age. This can cause false positives with some strep tests and would not get better with antibiotics. Especially with "pus" and "infected lymph node" this is a consideration. ...Read more
I have sores all over my mouth that are big and keep getting worse. I have strep throat while this is going on. And idea what it might be? Also I have these bumps between my fingers.
I had strep throat a month ago and developed a rash all over my legs and arms. It is itchy and seems to be getting worse. What could it be?
Rash with Strep: It sounds as if you may have developed guttate psoriasis which commonly presents after a strep infection. There are other conditions, such as syphilis, which also present with sore throat and a rash. Be sure to get evaluated by a doctor, preferably a dermatologist, who will be familiar with the differential diagnosis. ...Read more
If I have a UTI (not under meds) and get strep throat with fever over 101........Joint and body aches with sore throat........Can that make UTI worse?
Possible: Since you are not on antibiotics, your immune system has to do all the work. If you have other infections going on, your body may be weaker allowing the infections to worsen. However, even without the sore throat and joint aches, UTI will get worse over time. Also, with your combination of symptoms, I would get checked out asap and get antibiotics. All your symptoms may be from stds. ...Read more
Happens. ..however: It is possible for an infant to acquire and be sick from the strep A germ. It is also possible for them to test positive and only be a carrier & never get sick from it. One issue that differs in young infants is the long term effects. Since their immune system is immature, they don't risk development of rheumatic fever like a 5 or 10 year old would. Treatment of carriers is unnecessary. ...Read more
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. Any contact with saliva can pass it. ...Read more
Yes: But why is unknown. Whether they are somehow never exposed or have great natural immunity is not clear. It is thought that these folks do get strep infections, but so mild they have little or no symptoms. ...Read more
Strep is seasonal: Streptococcal throat infections occur more commonly in colder months/seasons. So naturally, one will catch them more frequently in those months. ...Read more
Untreated: Could develop significant complications & rheumatic fever down the line. ...Read more
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