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Strep Throat (Overview)

A throat infection caused by a strep bacteria that responds rapidly to most antibiotics.


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Is it a symptom of strep throat to have laryngitis?

Is it a symptom of strep throat to have laryngitis?

Strep throat: Actually, not. A strep throat affects the pharynx and tonsils and is caused by bacteria. On the other hand, laryngitis involves the larynx or voice box and is mainly cuased by viruses. You develop a sore throat with strep and hoarness of the voice (or loss of voice in extreme cases) with laryngitis. ...Read more

Strep Throat (Overview)

A throat infection caused by a strep bacteria that responds rapidly to most antibiotics.


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Symptoms: strep throat, lack of symptoms, mild chest constriction. What is wrong with me?

Symptoms: strep throat, lack of symptoms, mild chest constriction. What is wrong with me?

Symptoms: Strep throat or sore throat? 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. Perhaps you have a virus. For really sore throat, temp of 104 or above or difficulty breathing - please see your doctor. ...Read more

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Treating a Sore Throat (Checklist)

Stay hydrated
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Drink warm or cold fluids, whatever feels better
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Try acetaminophen or ibuprofen to relieve symptoms
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Avoid spicy or acidic foods
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What's the signs of strep throat? My throat hurts and every time I yawn. It hurts..

What's the signs of strep throat? My throat hurts and every time I yawn. It hurts..

Non-specific: If your throat is infected you can be checked for strep with rapid screening techniques, and this is important because treatment will prevent post-streptococcal complications like rheumatic fever. ...Read more

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Strep throat. Raw tounge with bumps. Chapped lips. Cfnp says thrush. Any other possibilities? Third time change in diagnosis. Meds aren't working.

Strep throat. Raw tounge with bumps. Chapped lips. Cfnp says thrush. Any other possibilities? Third time change in diagnosis. Meds aren't working.

See a doctor: A nurse practitioner may be ok, but once you have been treated unsuccessfully you must question both the diagnosis and the source of treatment. Go and see a real doctor. ...Read more

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6 yr old diagnosed strep throat swab test. Muscle, headache. Running fever of 103.4 for 36 hours now even after Antibiotics & Motrin. Do I take to ER?

6 yr old diagnosed strep throat swab test. Muscle, headache. Running fever of 103.4 for 36 hours now even after Antibiotics & Motrin. Do I take to ER?

Not necessarily: Fever can be expected for the first 72hrs after starting antibiotics. If acting okay, and staying hydrated then it's okay to monitor. If temp remains high 90 minutes after Motrin dose then a dose of acetaminophen can be given. If fever persists outside that 72 hrs then it warrants another look at the peds office. Make sure antibiotics are given as prescribed. Go to ED if confusion, or higher temp ...Read more

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What happens when you get test for strep throat?

What happens when you get test for strep throat?

Tesing for strep: Two major ways to test for strep throat. 1. Q-tip swab to touch the throat are to test the germ by quick test. ..5 minutes or swab is sent to the lab for culture which takes 24 hours. If the test is positive you have strep throat and should be treated with an antibiotic. ...Read more

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Any tests besides strep throat test that will determine viral v. Bacterial? Cough not going away after > 1 month and wondering if antibiotics may help

COUGH x 1 month: Your md will check your blood, do chest x-ray if needed. He will get a thorough hx to find out if bronchial asthma runs in your family. He can also give antibiotics if indicated. Viral infections don't last that long. L. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have strep throat?

Criteria: There are four key criteria that your doctor will use to diagnose: fever, adenopathy (swollen glands), absence of cough, and exudates on the back of your throat. If you have multiple combinations of these, go see your doctor for verification and treatment. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can oral sex cause strep throat? Seems like every time that happens I get white little things in my throat and get rid of them with antibiotics

Can oral sex cause strep throat? Seems like every time that happens I get white little things in my throat and get rid of them with antibiotics

No: Strep throat is not an std. But other microbes can be - chlamydia and gonorrhea can be passed on this way. Both you and your consort need to be treated as people with std - simultaneously. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Does white dots always mean strep throat?

Does white dots always mean strep throat?

NO: White spots on the tonsils can also occur with many viral infections. ...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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How can I treat pain from strep throat?

How can I treat pain from strep throat?

Strep throat: Strep throat is caused by a bacteria. The best treatment is antibiotics. Other things that can soothe your throat are warm salt water gargles, numbing throat sprays, hydration, and rest. ...Read more

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Could treated strep throat lead to scarlet fever 10 weeks later and is it ok to treat it with same type of amoxicilin to avoid further complications?

Could treated strep throat lead to scarlet fever 10 weeks later and is it ok to treat it with same type of amoxicilin to avoid further complications?

No: Scarlet fever is due to a toxin released by the strain of strep pyogenes that is causing your sore throat. If this has been eliminated you should not be getting scarlet fever unless reinfected. Yes you can retreat with same antibiotic if necessary. ...Read more

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Is roxythomycin a treatment for strep throat?

Not the first...: ...Choice, but may help. Up to 20% of streps are resistant, though. ...Read more

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What at-home treatments are there for strep throat?

What at-home treatments are there for strep throat?

Strep throat: The at home treatment for a sore throat not strep is a salt water gargle and hot tea. However, if you are experiencing fever, increasing difficulty swallowing or pain with swallowing, you should not continue to try home remedies, you probably need an antibiotic, go to your primary medical doctor or an ENT for help. ...Read more

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Please give advice on how to get rid of strep throat fast?

Please give advice on how to get rid of strep throat fast?

Two steps: Step one: proper diagnosis= quick strep test with high accuracy
step two: take your medicine on schedule
you will not be contagous after 24hrs on meds but you need to finish them. Comfort measures including ibuprofen, throat sprays or lossenges can also help. ...Read more

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Which drug is better for strep throat - cefixime or azithromycin?

Which drug is better for strep throat - cefixime or azithromycin?

Cefixime: Cefixime (suprax) is a cephalosporin antibiotic used to treat infections caused by bacteria such as pneumonia; bronchitis; gonorrhea; and ear, lung, throat, and urinary tract infections. Azithromycin (zithromax) can be used for strep throat, but there have been several reports in the medical literature of the development of resistance to this antibiotic. ...Read more

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Will azithromycin tablets for strep throat also help for pink eye?

Will azithromycin tablets for strep throat also help for pink eye?

Maybe: But strep rarely causes pink eye and azithromicin is not the best drug for strep with a high resistance rate. ...Read more

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My child has had strep. Throat before, and he has tics and/or ocd. Does that mean he has pandas?

Not enough: Panda's requires periodic flare-ups of tics/ocd associated with recent infection and elevated antistreptocccocal antibodies - aso and antidnase - that elevated when the symptoms flare. Your doctor is the only one who can diagnose panda's. ...Read more

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Does ARS cause multiple lymph nodes to swell? I had a low risk exposure. Mild fever (3weeks), strep throat+stuffed nose (no more), one sw lymph gl (neck)

Does ARS cause multiple lymph nodes to swell? I had a low risk exposure. Mild fever (3weeks), strep throat+stuffed nose (no more), one sw lymph gl (neck)

Acute HIV infection: HIV-1 infection can occur with unprotected sex or injection drug use. 2 - 4 weeks after an exposure, a patient may develop a flu or mono-like illness called acute HIV infection. These symptoms may include fever, lymphadenopathy, pharyngitis, rash, myalgia, malaise, &/or mouth sores. Other symptoms might include N/V, thrush, headache or neurologic symptoms. Duration is 1 to a few weeks. Get checked ...Read more

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What can you do to prevent strep throat?

What can you do to prevent strep throat?

Hand Washing: Avoid individuals with known strep infections. Wash hands frequently, especially when around children and during cold season. Control chronic allergy symptoms. If you have frequent or chronic throat infections, consider seeing eat, nose & throat specialist to evaluate. ...Read more

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How do you avoid strep throat?

How do you avoid strep throat?

Avoid: If you know someone has strep, avoidance is best, followed by good hygiene, such as good handwashing and keeping your distance. ...Read more

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What is strep throat?

Specific infection: A strep throat is a bacterial infection of the throat (pharynx), tonsils or both caused by the bacteria group a streptococcus. Unfortunately common usage has deteriorated to mean sore throat in general. This is inaccurate. Many more viruses cause sore throats than streptococcal bacteria. Fever & sore throat for more than 2 days without cold symptoms suggests possible strep. A culture is best dx. ...Read more

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How bad is strep throat?

How bad is strep throat?

Depends: Streptococcus pyogenes, the bacteria behind strep throat is naturally colonized in some folks. When it is actually infecting you, that is, provoking an immune response in you, it can produce significant problems if left unchecked including rheumatic fever and subsequent heart valve disease later. ...Read more

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What is a 'strep' throat?

Throat infection: "strep" throat is an infection of the throat or tonsils caused by a type of bacteria called group a streptococcus. Usually accompanied by fever, headache, or nausea, strep is one if the few throat infections treated with antibiotics. Strep can only be reliably diagnosed with a throat swab. Although most cases resolve on their own, complications can arise if untreated within 10 days. ...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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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

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