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Strep Throat Carrier Symptoms
A lifetime: There are some people that can carry strep & never get infected , ever.Who & why is not easy to study. The average carry rate by asymptomatic people has been quoted as 5% in the summer and upwards of 25% during the winter.Some of these carriers are likely treated for strep when they have simple viruses that cause symptoms as only blood testing could confirm a true infection. ...Read more
Is it posssible to be a carrier of strep throat with no to little symptoms my daughter keep getting strep i'm just wondering if i might have it?
Yes, : It is possible to be a carrier with little to no symptoms. ...Read more
Tested positive with strep throat for 3 time in last two months.I have sore throat symptoms but nothing else.Am i a carrier? Am I contagious everyday?
Hard to say: We generally reserve the "chronic carrier" label for those who do not get sick with it, although anyone sick with it carries it for a while. You need to investigate whether you are being reinfected by a third party, your old tooth brush, your dog, etc.Some have resistant strep and need 2 stage therapy. Work the specifics out with your doc. ...Read more
Sometimes: One research article found that guinea pigs and rodents (lab mice) can be carriers of strep throat bacteria (group a strep). The animals had no symptoms, and probably got the bacteria from humans. Some people believe pet dogs and cats can be carriers of group a strep bacteria and can infect humans, but I have not seen any studies showing that kind of bacterial transmission. ...Read more
Yes: An estimated 5 % of the population carry strep year round without illness with the level increasing to as much as 30% during the cold winter months.Blood tests can differentiate the carriers from those that are truly experiencing infection. ...Read more
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I used to be a carrier of strep. I had my adenoids removed and haven't had strep throat since. Am i still a carrier if i haven't gotten strep?
I used to get strep throat a lot when i was growing up. Finally they removed my tonsils and i haven't had it since. How do I know if I am a carrier?
Testing: Strep carrier status occurs when an individual tests positive for the strep a germ on multiple occasions but remains asymptomatic. (lack of physical illness & lack of a blood test showing an immune response)an estimated 5% of folks are year round carriers & as many as 25% may be transient carriers in the winter.Carriers do pose some risk to susceptible friends & family. ...Read more
Several: Sore throat, usually fever, a whittish covering over the tonsils, a fetid or foul breath, red spots on the soft part of the upper back of the throat, painful swallowing, enlarged tonsils, enlarged uvulae. Perhaps a rash (sandpaper like) over the body and enlarged lymph nodes. You may have strep and not notice it so much. It can be mild. If suspected, get tested and treated. ...Read more
Strep throat symptom: 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. Complications can include infection of middle ear, sinuses, tonsils, skin & blood; scarlet fever, inflammation of the kidney (glomerulonephritis) & eventually rheumatic fever. ...Read more
Lucky vs unlucky: In some lucky ones ( probably the majority) the symptoms subside in 3-7 days and nothing bad happens at all. In some, the germ makes an erythrotoxin that produces a sunburn like rash that causes itching & skin pealing. In some, the body develops antibodies that can cause kidney damage & high blood pressure. In some, the antibodies attack the heart or brain producing rheumatic fever & long term pbs. ...Read more
About 7 days: Usually lasts about a week.Get a more detailed answer ›