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Throat been hurting for ~2 days, getting worse, reminds me of step throat last year. If i go to emerg room today will they tell me to come back later?

Throat been hurting for ~2 days, getting worse, reminds me of step throat last year. If i go to emerg room today will they tell me to come back later?

Strep or not?: Not all sore throats are strep, and not all strep causes a sore throat.

First of all the main reason we worry about strep is that it should be treated due to the danger of it going on to possibly causing heart problems. Most experts say that it does not have to be treated immediately...Just in a few days from onset (usually).

See your doc tomorrow (that is cheaper) or urgent care..Er is $$$$. ...Read more

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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Does levaquin (levofloxacin) kill step throat?

Does levaquin (levofloxacin) kill step throat?

More than you need: It will kill the strep, but it's "overkill, " meaning that it's active against a lot more bacteria than just strep. Like putting out a patch with a fire hose. ...Read more

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My son is 17 had tonsils removed a little over a year ago and has step throat 3 times in the last couple of months what can we do to stop it ?

My son is 17 had tonsils removed a little over a year ago and has step throat 3 times in the last couple of months what can we do to stop it ?

Strep inf vs carrier: Are these true strep infections or is he a carrier and you find strep when he has a viral URI. Do not know the answer to that but worth looking into it. ...Read more

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Help me which medicine is need to take for quick relief ...Symtom high temperature running nose and itching effect in my throat...

Help me which medicine is need to take for quick relief ...Symtom high temperature running nose and itching effect in my throat...

Tylenol (acetaminophen) or advil: Most fevers are due to a viral infection and will respond to tyelnol or advil (ibuprofen). If there is no relief in a few days then seek medical attention. ...Read more

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My CBC show I have infection my symtom are nose congestion , headeche, fever 102 f, sore throat following medicine use ciproflaxcin azithromycin ?

My CBC show I have infection my symtom are nose congestion , headeche, fever 102 f,  sore throat following medicine use ciproflaxcin
azithromycin ?

Infection: Yes, it sounds as if you have an infection, but whether the necessary treatment includes antibiotics will depend upon the cause of the infection and if bacterial, whether they are sensitive to what you were treated with. ...Read more

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I have step throat. Been on penicillin 4 days. Wbc at 13 today. Is that normal?

I have step throat.  Been on penicillin 4 days.  Wbc at 13 today.  Is that normal?

Repeat later: why test for WBC? it is slightly elevated. could be because of your recent infection. repeat in a month. I wouldn‘t worry about it yet. ...Read more

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Can you cure Syphilis unknowingly by being treated for another bacterial disease? Ie, Step throat etc.

Can you cure Syphilis unknowingly by being treated for another bacterial disease? Ie, Step throat etc.

Syphilis: This is possible, although appropriate duration of therapy may not be correct, and the stage of the syphilitic infection is important. Need more info to answer this accurately. ...Read more

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My throat hurts and I keep getting hot and then cold. I had step throat 2 weeks ago, but did not completely follow my antibiotic medicine.

My throat hurts and I keep getting hot and then cold. I had step throat 2 weeks ago, but did not completely follow my antibiotic medicine.

Strep throat: Well if you didn't follow the directions the infection may be back. You need to be seen. Always take all the antibiotics you are given. You should never have left over antibiotics. ...Read more

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Diagnosed at primecare with presumed pharyngitis. Took full zpak, but both sides of throat are still swollen. What's the next step I should take?

Diagnosed at primecare with presumed pharyngitis. Took full zpak, but both sides of throat are still swollen. What's the next step I should take?

Depends..: If no clinical relief......you have Mono. If clinical relief....but partial- wait for 5 days you will be better. Zithromycin starts working after the last pill and continue to work for 5days after it. ...Read more

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Is it possible for step throat to develop into scarlet fever?

Is it possible for step throat to develop into scarlet fever?

Yes & no: The germ that causes group a strep disease, the common strep throat, can come in more than 1 strain.The germ may carry an additional piece of genetic information that gives it the ability to make "erythrotoxin", the material that will spread in the blood & cause the red rash & significant fevers of "scarlet fever".If your strain does not have the extra info, you don't. ...Read more

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Adult daughter had strep throat. 2yo granddaughter swab positive. do I need a swab? I am well. If I am carrier what would be the next step

Adult daughter had strep throat. 2yo granddaughter swab positive. do I need a swab? I am well. If I am carrier what would be the next step

Carriers not treated: It can be 'normal' to carry this bacteria. In the same way as it can be normal to carry then bacteria that causes meningitis. It does not need to be treated unless you have symptoms. ...Read more

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Dr ordered soft tissue neck u/s to investigate lump in throat sensation. Tech acted like she never heard of this reason. Was that a logical next step?

Dr ordered soft tissue neck u/s to investigate lump in throat sensation. Tech acted like she never heard of this reason. Was that a logical next step?

Globus: Your doctor knows more than the ultrasound tech. Disregard her lack of knowledge. Most likely, your doctor wanted to evaluate your thyroid for enlargement or nodules. That's perfectly reasonable . You should be tried on anti-reflux meds and possibly referred to ENT for laryngopharyngoscopy to eval for any mass or edema. ...Read more

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Hi, i had steps 2 weeks ago and used anti-biotics with help of a doctor and the pain reduced, but today i am again feeling the pain on the upper right side of the throat. pls advise?

Hi, i had steps 2 weeks ago and used anti-biotics with help of a doctor and the pain reduced, but today i am again feeling the pain on the upper right side of the throat. pls advise?

Pharyngitis: Most sore throats (pharyngitis) are caused by viruses which aren't responsive to antibiotics. Only Streptococcal throat infections respond to antibiotics, typically Penicillin. Check out Centor score (http://www.mdcalc.com/modified-centor-score-for-strep-pharyngitis/) to see what we look for to determine need for antibiotics or not. Bottom line, go back to your Family Doc for re-evaluation. ...Read more

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What pro-active steps should women take to stop giving men throat cancer from hpv?

What pro-active steps should women take to stop giving men throat cancer from hpv?

Not a whole lot: Men gave the HPV to women in the 1st place.
Then oral sex is a way for men to get it back
young people of both sexes up to age 20 need to get vaccinated against HPV.
older or those who already have it, vaccine is not helpful
so avoid oral sex or use condoms is the only answer for your question.
hope this helps ...Read more

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What home remedies can I give my 2 year old for when she has step throat or flu she hates medicene throws it out.

What home remedies can I give my 2 year old for when she has step throat or flu she hates medicene throws it out.

Proper dx/ shot: Kids whose illness or behavior means a predictable failure with oral meds can be treated for strep with a single shot of penicillin.A confirmatory test should always precede treatment. A flu shot in the early fall can many times avoid the issue, if not, a simple focus on keeping the kid hydrated is the main treatment. The meds are overrated. ...Read more

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Can step throat or allergies cause an ALC of 4.1? Are the only options cold/flu or cll?! Had no sympt. Other than swollen lymphs that have gone down

Can step throat or allergies cause an ALC of 4.1? Are the only options cold/flu or cll?! Had no sympt. Other than swollen lymphs that have gone down

ALC?: did you mean Absolute Lymphocytic Count or Absolute Leucocytic count, either can be caused by viral infection, all are temporary, if lymph glands shrank in size that's a good sign, anyway keep the follow up with your doctor, who might order another blood count after few weeks to see that numbers normalized in correlation with your general condition, take care ...Read more

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I have had a hoarse cough for 6 days and a very milky green sputum. Along with congestion. Step throat test negative on Friday. What do you suggest?

I have had a hoarse cough for 6 days and a very milky green sputum. Along with congestion. Step throat test negative on Friday. What do you suggest?

Mgt: I would suggest monitoring your temperature, nasal saline rinses, rest and hydration.
If your cough is associated with high fever, lasts more than 3 weeks, you may need a course of antibiotics.
The color of your sputum should begin to clear in the next one week. ...Read more

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I constantly get strep throat about 3 to four times a year.Can removing my tonsils help prevent step throat? What are other things I can do to stop it

I constantly get strep throat about 3 to four times a year.Can removing my tonsils help prevent step throat? What are other things I can do to stop it

Yes and no: The removal of the palatine tonsils can reduce the "intensity" of illness when you get strep in the future, but it does not prevent you from getting it. After the tonsils are removed, there are still tissues and glands in the throat that can become infected, with the same risk of immune mediated complications. ...Read more

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I bought fresh step litter for my cat since her litter box is in the hall by my bedroom door I have a sore throat now am i allergic?

I bought fresh step litter for my cat since her litter box is in the hall by my bedroom door I have a sore throat now am i allergic?

You could have a: Problem with your new kitty litter or if the placement of the litter box has changed - you may now have increased exposure to dander. Cat urine contains dander which dries and becomes airborne - thus you breath it in. Be especially sure not to put killty litter box near vents. Try a different litter to see if it makes a difference. Then again, if you don't have stuffy nose, sneezing, etc. This. ...Read more

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Iam taking clairthomycin for a throat infection. I have dirreaha since taking it why? My doctor did not do a step test either just looked at my throat

Side effect: That is a possible side effect of the medication. Some strept tests can be false negatives and a doctors exam is often enough to make a clinical decision of the need for treatment. If you are not able to tolerate the side effects, let your dr. Know. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Could this be too early to have step throat. Is it just nasal drainage?

Could this be too early to have step throat. Is it just nasal drainage?

Strep throat: Almost all nasal infections are cuase by viruses. A strep throat is cuased by bacteria. Nasal drainage is not acommonly associated with a strep throat. ...Read more

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Why do I have crackling in my ears when i swallow? Im also fighting step throat.

Why do I have crackling in my ears when i swallow? Im also fighting step throat.

Fluid in middle ear: You have clogged eustachian tubes, which drain the middle ear into the back of the throat. It's due to inflammation from an infection or smoking. Try a decongestant. The symptoms will eventually improve after the infection is gone. ...Read more

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I've been taking the Z pack for 2 days for step throat and I do not feel better yet. How long should I wait to call the MD?

I've been taking the Z pack for 2 days for step throat and I do not feel better yet. How long should I wait to call the MD?

Viral: Most sore throats are viral and would not respond to antibiotics. Treat symptomatically with OTC pain meds, saline gargles, analgesic troches. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with step throat started on augmenten 2 pills a day and some cough medicine with codeine coughing more have shortness of breath. What helps

M.D. visit: If you have been diagnosed with a strep throat infection and have worsening shortness of breath, it may be related to a lung infection either from strep or another cause. It is important to stay well hydrated, monitor your temperature and to be seen by your physician. Your physician may order a chest radiograph during the visit. Strep infection usually lasts 7-10 days if uncomplicated. ...Read more

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Step and mono came back negative.I had sore throat with white patches on one of my tonsils and now there on both should I get a 2nd round of test done?

Step and mono came back negative.I had sore throat with white patches on one of my tonsils and now there on both should I get a 2nd round of test done?

TonsIlitis: Tonsillitis can have different etiologies including viral, bacterial or fungal, depending on your overall health and other risk factors. You need to see a doctor for exam and throat cultures ...Read more

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I had step throat for 5 days before going to the doctor he then gave me medication for my ear and throat now I have ringing in my ear?

I had step throat for 5 days before going to the doctor he then gave me medication for my ear and throat now I have ringing in my ear?

Ringing in ear: I do not believe the ringing in the ear is due to the antibiotic although some antibiotics can cause neurological symptoms. I suspect that you may have an ear infection possibly related to the strep throat. Strep throat can lead to kidney disease, scarlet fever, rheumatic fever, sinusitis, and severe ear infections. If the ringing persists or worsens see your doctor. ...Read more

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I have some symptoms of acid reflex: regurgitation, coughing & sore throat. Not a cold. What pills, teas, steps can I take so I don't make it worst?

I have some symptoms of acid reflex: regurgitation, coughing & sore throat. Not a cold. What pills, teas, steps can I take so I don't make it worst?

Hmmm: Avoid, spicy, greasy foods. Eat bland, boiled healthier choices. Consider avoiding tobacco if you smoke. Consider a trial of TUMS (calcium carbonate) or Prilosec OTC. Consider seeing your doctor if this persists. ...Read more