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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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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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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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Can strep bacteria cause bronchitis?

Can strep bacteria cause bronchitis?

Bronchitis: Acute bronchitis is caused by viruses in >95% of cases. The remainder are predominantly bordetella pertussis (cause of whooping cough). It would be rare for strep pyogenes to be involved, but there may be some cases of exacerbations of chronic bronchitis in which they may be involved. ...Read more

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Is strep throat contagious after bicillin shot?

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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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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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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Does strep throat cause a rheumatic fever?

Does strep throat cause a rheumatic fever?

Yes it can: Strep throat is due to infection with streptococcus pyogenes. It is easily treated with antibiotics, but if let untreated it can induce an immune reaction that can lead to Rheumatic Fever and Gloerulonephritis. It is easily diagnosed with a swab in minutes and treated with antibiotics so these diseases are rare now. ...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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Piperacillin/tazobactam IV will kill klebsiella pneumonia bacteria?

Piperacillin/tazobactam IV will kill klebsiella pneumonia bacteria?

It may but...: It depends on the resistance profile of specific strain of klebsiella. Many strains acquired in the 'community' are very sensitive to almost all antimicrobials except penicillin and Ampicillin and certainly sensitive to piperacillin/tazobactam. However, especially when acquired in a hospital, klebsiella can be quite resistant to therapy including pip/tazobactam. ...Read more

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Can pylonephritis cause staph aureus infection?

Can pylonephritis cause staph aureus infection?

Hmm: If the pyelonephritis is due to bacteria Staph Aureus it can be the cause of the pyelonephritis . But having pyelonephritis does not mean you have or will cause staph aureus infection. ...Read more

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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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Will strep throat lead to meningitis?

Will strep throat lead to meningitis?

Not usually: The type of stret that causes throat infections rarely goes on to cause meningitis except in people who are immunocompromised. ...Read more

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Can tuberculosis infect tonsils?

Can tuberculosis infect tonsils?

Yes and no: Since tonsils are lymphoid tissue, the TB bug can certainly secondarily spread to the tonsils in someone who is already infected with tb. However, TB cannot cause primary infection in the tonsils - which means that if you were to inhaled the TB bug, it would not start infection in tonsils first. It prefers to reside in the relatively oxygen rich regions of the top parts of lungs. ...Read more

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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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Antibiotics for throat infection?

Antibiotics for throat infection?

Not always, but migh: Antibiotics are not always necessary for the treatment of throat infections. Pharyngitis and tonsilitis are also commonly virals and antibiotics are not necessary. They might even produce side effects worsening an infection that could improve spontaneously.Antibiotics should always be presribed under physician supervision. Multiple factors influence this decision. Always consult your doctor. ...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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