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Is strep throat contagious?

Is strep throat contagious?

It can be: This condition is caused by the bug: streptococcus, which can be transmitted via salivary contact. It is not supercontagious like those of chicken-pox or measles which are airborn pathogens--meaning that they can stay in the air and infect others. So, if you are given antibiotics already, you should be fine. Just don't smooch for a few days :-) good luck. ...Read more

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How is strep throat strep throat different from scarlet fever?

How is strep throat strep throat different from scarlet fever?

The germ: Some group A strep germs carry an extra piece of genetic code that triggers a toxin that can cause the rash. If someone has a strep infection in their throat it usually shows up within 12 hrs of the first fever. If the infection is treated very early, it may not show up at all. A strep germ without the extra gene will not trigger the rash. Scarlet fever is an old term used back before penicillin. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Can strep throat be penicillin resistant?

Can strep throat be penicillin resistant?

No, but...: Group a strep, the bacteria that causes 'strep throat' is still universally sensitive to pcn. However, other bacteria can cause pharyngitis and acute tonsillitis, as well as many viruses. If you are not getting better, would get back with doc and see if you need a full culture or evaluation for other causes such as mono(caused by ebv virus and can sometimes give false positive result strep test). ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Could clindamycin treat strep throat?

Could clindamycin treat strep throat?

YES,: Recurrent / chronic strep pharyngitis, if resistant to Penicillin/Amoxicillin (though rare), or someone is allergic to penicillin, Clindamycin is prescribed. ...Read more

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Does rocephin (ceftriaxone) treat strep throat?

Does rocephin (ceftriaxone) treat strep throat?

Yes..but not best!: To reduce the development of drug-resistant bacteria and maintain the effectiveness of rocephin(ceftriaxone) should be used only to treat or prevent infections that are proven or strongly suspected to be caused by susceptible bacteria. When culture and susceptibility information are available, otherwise standard abx should be first choice. ...Read more

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Can clindamycin cure strep throat?

Can clindamycin cure strep throat?

Yes,but: It has so many negative side effects that its use is usually limited to toxic shock syndrome or necrotizing fasciitis (flesh eating bacteria) when less toxic antibiotics cannot be used. ...Read more

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Does ciprofloxacn treat strep throat?

Does ciprofloxacn treat strep throat?

Cipro (ciprofloxacin) for strep: It'll likely take care of the infection but it's not recommended as first or even second line use. There are reports of increasing resistance of group a strep to fluoroquinolones (cipro). Penicillin is still the first choice and macrolides for people with penicillin allergy (or cephalosporins depending on local resistance). ...Read more

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Symptoms of tonsillitis sore throat tonsillitis?

Symptoms of tonsillitis sore throat tonsillitis?

Possible: Sore throat could be from few possibilities-pharyngitis, tonsillitis/abscess, spine infections from the neck spine projection into pharyngeal space , retropharyngeal lymphnode- nodes behind the pharynx geting infected and cause inflammation /abscess involving the lymphnodes , adenoids infection which is lymphoid tissue behind the naso in the space called naso pharynx , layngitis, sinusitis drainage. ...Read more

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Is strep throat contagious after bicillin shot?

Depends: Most would consider a patient contagious for a period of 24 hrs after the start of therapy.This would include the shot.After that time, spread is much less likely except with intimate contact. ...Read more

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Is strep throat bacterial or viral?

Is strep throat bacterial or viral?

Bacterial: Due to a streptococcus, usually strep group a. Most sore thrats are due to viruses, which should not be treated with antibiotics. A rapid strep test and/or culture can help diagnose strep throat, to determine whether antibiotics are indicated. ...Read more

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Can rheumatic fever be treated with the antibiotics for streptococcal pharyngitis (strep throat)?

Can rheumatic fever be treated with the antibiotics for streptococcal pharyngitis (strep throat)?

Yes and no: Rheumatic fever is a post-infectious immune response to group a streptococcus. The purpose of taking antibiotics is to prevent further spread of the infection to others as well as to stop the immune cycle. ...Read more

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How contagious is strep throat?

How contagious is strep throat?

Yes: Yes it is. Generally thru close contact through aerosol spread from breathing, sneezing, etc. Also perhaps through contact with a glass, toothbrush and the like. Also from material on the infected persons hands. ...Read more

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What pathogen causes strep throat?

What pathogen causes strep throat?

Group A strep: Group A streptococcus is the pathogen. There are many strains of strep that are not associated with throat problems or the residual of untreated strep throat. ...Read more

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Is strep throat preventable?

Is strep throat preventable?

It depends.: Generally, a strep throat occurs as a result of the overgrowth of bacteria lining your tonsils. A strep throat is usually treated with antibiotics. A once in a blue moon infection does not have any reasonable or necessary preventable means except keeping good oral hygiene. Chronic or recurring strep throat however may lead to removal of the tonsils which does prevent future infections. ...Read more

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Would doxycycline help strep throat?

Doxycycline: Hello, yes Doxycycline is an antibiotic that can be used for strep throat. See your family doctor for an ex. ...Read more

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Is strep throat very contagious?

Yes: Wash your hands, don't share towels or pillows, cover your mouth if you cough, don't touch other people's food and utensils. ...Read more

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How to remove strep?

How to remove strep?

Antibiotics: Antibiotic tx is essential if you have strep to prevent complications. Complications can include infection of middle ear, sinuses, tonsils, skin & blood; scarlet fever, inflammation of the kidney (glomerulonephritis) & eventually rheumatic fever. ...Read more

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How do u get strep b?

How do u get strep b?

Endemic: Group b strep (gbs) is present in or on the body of almost everyone. For pregnancy care we obtain a culture of the vagina, perineum, and anus at about 35 to 37 weeks to determine if gbs is present - which it is about 1/3 of the time. The gbs is present in the bowel in most people and it can travel to the vaginal and even sometimes cause bladder infections when it gets into the bladder. ...Read more

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What is latent strep?

What is latent strep?

Late onset Strep: In terms of INFANTS, late onset Group B Strep is an infection that infants develop from one week to 3 months after birth, presumably from being birthed from a Group B Strep untreated mother. This infection causes serious blood and spinal fluid infections. In older children and adults, you may be referring to being Group A Strep carrier, in which chronic subclinical infection is present. ...Read more

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Can I smoke with strep?

Asking a doc?: You can smoke any time you want. But it's a always a bad idea, whether you have strep or not. ...Read more

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Is there an OTC strep test?

Is there an OTC strep test?

No: Would not make sense, since if (+) need rx antibiotic to address. Can be done at urgent care or most dr's offices. Best to get checked & tested. ...Read more

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Is strep worse as an adult?

Is strep worse as an adult?

Not Nessisarily: Strep throat can have a wide spectrum of severity in symptoms. Ibuprofen, salt water gargles and fluids help alleviate the pain. ...Read more

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Can strep go away on its own?

Possibly: Untreated, strep infection can resolve. However, you increase your risk for complications of strep, notably rheumatic heart disease. You also increase the risk to your contacts, which could catch strep from you. ...Read more

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Will strep go away on its own?

Will strep go away on its own?

Antibiotics needed.: For significant sore throat with swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician ; get a strep throat test/ culture. If you have strep throat, antibiotic therapy is imperative to prevent future complications. Consider tylenol (acetaminophen) or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications. Saltwater gargles: mix 1 tsp salt in 8 oz warm water – gargle several times a day. Or gargle with aloe vera juice twice a day. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of adult strep?

Sxs: 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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Recently, I have had constant strep?

Strep throat: There are people who are strep 'carriers' (i.e. They are symptomatic most of the time but cultures will remain positive, even after antibiotics. Eradicating these states is indicated to prevent others from getting infected. This often includes, clindamycin. Rifampin, or long term penicillin. Check with your physician. Recurrent strep- avoid others withstrep inf or carrier state. ...Read more

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What can happen if strep is untreated?

What can happen if strep is untreated?

You may infect: Others. Possible complications: infection of middle ear, sinuses, tonsils, skin, blood as well as scarlet fever, inflammation of kidney (glomerulonephritis) ; eventually rheumatic fever. ...Read more

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Anything you can do if exposed to strep?

Anything you can do if exposed to strep?

Watch: Watch for symptoms of strep if you are exposed to strep, there is no proven benefit to antibiotic prophylaxis for strep contacts. ...Read more

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What is strep F and how does a 16 y/o get?

What is strep F and how does a 16 y/o get?

See answer: Strep F is Streptococcus anginosus. Strep F is a component of normal human bacterial flora and is found normally in the mouth,throat, sinuses,vagina and feces. It can cause infections, more often in immunocompromised or seriously ill patients. It is prone to cause abscesses, particularly the liver and brain. It normally doesn't cause tonsillitis(a strep throat)or pharyngitis. ...Read more

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Possible that my strep can worsen at night?

Possible that my strep can worsen at night?

Strep throat: Many inflammatory conditions feel much worse at night because you are lying in bed with nothing to distract you and the symptoms become more noticeable. ...Read more

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How many different types of strep are there?

How many different types of strep are there?

Too many to list: You may consult this site for a start: https://www.britannica.com/science/Streptococcus ...Read more

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Is > 12.09 positive for strep pneumo type 57?

Don't know: Without knowing what was being tested, the units, and a reference range, it is impossible to know. Antibodies? Antigen? Pcr? Need more information, please. ...Read more

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Can a carrier of strep give strep to other people?

Can a carrier of strep give strep to other people?

Yes, unfortunately: This is likely how most transmission of strep and other similar upper airway/mouth bacteria works. The carrier state is the transmissible contagious state and then sometimes the bacteria decides to infect. This is the case for staph, pneumococcus, and also group a strep. And carriage is far more common than people realize. ...Read more

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