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Strep In Sinuses
Sure : Sxs of strep throat can include: large, red painful tonsils with white exudates; small red dots on the roof of the mouth; swollen lymph nodes on the neck; fever, headache, rash, difficulty swallowing, fatigue & rash. For significant sore throat with swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician & get a strep throat test / culture. ...Read more
Sinuses are air filled spaces in the head that have several proposed functions: 1. They serve as shock absorbers in cases of head trauma 2. Lighten the skull 3. Humidify and filter the air while also producing mucus 4. Play a role in vocal resonance. The head contains 4 paired sinus cavities: maxillaries (cheek) under the eyes, ethmoids(between the eyes), frontals (above ...Read more
Yes: Some people carry staph in their nasal passages. This is usually easily treated if present. If you are having recurrent staph skin infections, ask your doctor about treating your nose too. Staph can also cause sinus infections, but this is usually only true in people with chronic sinus disease, not your average sinus infection. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Rhinitis Pharyngitis: Infections of the nasal passages, sinuses and pharynx can spread to other areas of the body when the germs find their way into the blood stream (mostly) or though the lymphatic system. Infections of the roof of the sinuses and the middle ear can spread directly into the brain. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Symptoms overlap: Although the majority of sore throats are viral, strep throat will present in an identical way. Testing is the only way to know for sure. You do have a week or so to start treatment to prevent the long term complications of strep. During that week you may be spreading it to your family. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Strep is streptococcus, which is a small round bacterium. Strep pyogenes can cause a throat infection, which can affect swallowing. Strep pneumoniae is a different strain that can cause pneumonia, ear infections and sinus infections. Other forms of strep can affect different areas. Generally, and especially for contagion purposes, it should be treated. ...Read more
Strep Throat: Group A Strep is the cause of many sore throats. The body does form antibodies (IgG and IgM) to the organism. There are many different types of Group A strep which makes complete immunity rare. With some strains of strep there is a cross reactivity with heart valves leading to Rheumatic Heart Disease. Checking for strep and being treated is a good idea. ...Read more
Chronic sinusitis and post nasal dripping which lead to tonsillitis and lymph nodes on the throat and lymph nodes a little swells in the armpit.?
Be seen: Your symptoms, especially of they have been present for more than 10 days, likely represent a bacterial infection and antibiotics would be needed. Your primary md would be a great place to start. ...Read more
Yes: They are caused by different germs that can infect a person at the same time. ...Read more
Can persistent fever, dry cough, sore throat, mucus in the throat, NO nose stuffing + swollen lymph gland on right side of neck be an HIV infection?
Very unlikely: It is much more likely to be a common viral infection or Strep. Tobacco use will make the problem worse and prolong the issue. ...Read more
Stomach juice can: Stomach juice in the throat can lead to irritation and inflammation. This in turn can cause a variety of symptoms from excessive mucous (the feeling of post nasal drip) to hoarseness, throat clearing, feeling of a lump in the throat, swallowing difficulty, pain and even in rare cases - cancer. It is important to be treated. Throat reflux is harder to treat than heartburn requiring changes in diet. ...Read more
28 yo frequent sinusitis sufferer. Headache, cough, fluid behind ears, tickling in throat. Reoccurring sinus infection?
Need to examine: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without taking additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. It would be prudent to see an ENT doctor. There may be underlying issues, e.g., a deviated septum, or immune deficiency that would require an evaluation. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Drink enough water daily so that your urine is mostly colorless. Practice safe sex. ...Read more
Saline breast implants few yrs ago, never any problems.Recently had bacteremia- strep pneumoniae/sinuses, but could implants cause that germ in blood?
No unless: it is infected. If you have no pain, tenderness, or induration of the area, it is not likely that it became infected. Consult with your plastic surgeon just to be sure. ...Read more
Strep pneumoniae from sinuses in blood, told i got it recently. But could sinuses have been infected for longer leading up to it?
Yes most likely: if the bacteria found a way into your bloodstream (bacteremia), then you have had sinus infection for a while -- typically an acute infection would not occur in that way. Your immune system works overtime to prevent bacteria from entering your bloodstream, unless it has been overwhelmed by the infection. And that usually occurs over a period of weeks, not days. Thanks for trusting in HealthTap. ...Read more
My 5 yo has had multiple strep infections occurring as a rash on skin around nose. Could he be harboring strep in his sinuses? Treatment options?
We have mold in our building I have been sick on and off this school year from sinuses, bad colds and coughs to strep is mold the reason for this?
Mold: These fungi are ubiquitous and the debate is always whether it is possible that they create symptoms when they are present in very high concentrations or the symptoms are due to something entirely different. Since you encounter these in every aspect of daily life, it is questionable whether the ones in the building are responsible. ...Read more
I have strep and bronchitis soI called into work yesterday morning. This morning I still have a really bad cough and my sinuses are bad. Work or no?
Strep pneumoniae found in blood, had meningitis.Told from sinuses, but lots of blood tests year before.Possible germs from needles/tests caused it?
No: There is no way a contaminated needle gave you a germ that sat around for a year and then decided to infect you. Once it finds a way in, strep pneumonia will multiply fast enough to make you sick within 24 hrs.The germ is actually carried in the nasal airway at various times in normal people who never get sick from it. ...Read more
I sometimes get white spots on my tonsils. It's never strep. Doc says allergies. They always go away but are acc. By sinuses. Is this common?
Very common: This is always a difficult diagnosis since differentiating between infections and allergic responses is not always straight-forward. Allergy can easily produce sinus congestion and other symptoms. ...Read more
I got strep for 10years, puss on tonsils,now sinusitis.Tried penicilin amoxicilin doxy clyndamicin,zithro.My ears, neck and sinuses hurt.What to do?
See ENT: After all this treatment it sounds like you may have some abnormality in your sinus cavities or tonsils. I suggest that you see an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist to see if they can determine the cause. Sometimes removal of the tonsils or repair of a deviated septum in the nose can stop these types of chronic problems. ...Read more
Went to ER got strep test, it's negative, throat hurts so bad, along with ears, sinuses, nose, body. Also have fever and chills, what now?
Several things: Your illness may be due to a virus (which does not need antibiotic) or bacteria (which is treated with antibiotics). You will need to be seen by a doctor who will examine you and, based on the examination, may prescribe the appropriate treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
There is a good: Chance you will be infected.Get a more detailed answer ›
Bacterial colony: All pregnant women should get tested for GBS, group B streptococcus, at 35wks. It's not an infection; just colonizes the vagina. If it gets onto your baby as it passes through the birth canal, it can lead to sepsis (whole body infection) -- so if you have it and you're going into labor, you HAVE to be at a hospital to get IV antibiotics (PCN). Can't do anything about it before labor. No symptoms. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Nasal steroids: Nasal steroids are generally a good place to start, as the treat all kinds of inflammatory sinus disease(allergic and non-allergic). Antihistamines help if there is an allergic component, as do oral decongestants. An evaluation by an otolaryngologist is always helpful to look for causes. ...Read more