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Doctor insights on: Strep Throat Carrier Symptoms

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How long can someone be a carrier for strep throat without displaying actual symptoms?

How long can someone be a carrier for strep throat without displaying actual 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

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


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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?

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

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Is there any chance for animals to be a carrier for strep throat?

Is there any chance for animals to be a carrier for strep throat?

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

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Is it possible for me to be just a carrier of strep throat without actually having it?

Is it possible for me to be just a carrier of strep throat without actually having it?

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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Can strep throat come back again after being infected by a carrier?

Can strep throat come back again after being infected by a carrier?

Yes: Strep throat is a problem that can arise repeatedly, many times in a season or year. It is not like chickenpox, where you get immunity after you have it. A strep carrier is just as likely to pass it on as a symptomatic strep patient. ...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 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?

Perhaps: Being a carrier means that you have the bacteria without having symptoms (sore throat, fever, rash, headache, abdominal pain). A carrier is actually a benign condition. If you want to be sure, ask your physician to do a throat culture for strep. ...Read more

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Adult daughter had strep throat. 2yo granddaughter swab positive. do I need a swab? I am well. If I am carrier what would be the next step

Adult daughter had strep throat. 2yo granddaughter swab positive. do I need a swab? I am well. If I am carrier what would be the next step

Carriers not treated: It can be 'normal' to carry this bacteria. In the same way as it can be normal to carry then bacteria that causes meningitis. It does not need to be treated unless you have symptoms. ...Read more

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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

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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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What are symptoms of strep throat?

What are symptoms of strep throat?

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

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What are early symptoms of strep throat?

What are early symptoms of strep throat?

Sore throat: The early symptoms can be fever or sore throat alone. Sometimes a rash can start called scarlitina rash which appears in the warmer areas of the body...Arm pits, groin , neck. But it can start any of the above ways. ...Read more

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What are the typical symptoms of strep throat?

What are the typical symptoms of strep throat?

Sore throat: The typical symptoms are sore throat and fever. They often have enlarged glands that are tender and they can have body aches. Sometimes they will have a rash called a scarlitina rash. ...Read more

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How long do the symptoms of strep throat last?

Varies: Typically, symptoms from a strep throat will last for several days, up to a week once on antibiotics. Occasionally, they infection can last longer ANS may even require more medications to resolve the symptoms. ...Read more

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Please describe the the symptoms of strep throat?

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

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What are the later symptoms of strep throat if untreated?

What are the later symptoms of strep throat if untreated?

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

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Could you tell me what are all the symptoms of strep throat?

All the sx...: All the symptoms are tough but generally sore throat and other respiratory issues like sneezing, coughing, fever/chills, sometimes ear pain. Later sometimes joint and muscle aches... ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are some early symptoms of strep throat?

Could you tell me what are some early symptoms of strep throat?

Sore Throat/Headache: It usually starts with a sore throat and headache. This is usually followed by fever, pus or exudate on the posterior pharynx or tonsils and enlarged lymph nodes at the angles of the jaws. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of strep throat? How do I tell if I have it?

What are the symptoms of strep throat? How do I tell if I have it?

Strep or not: You have to have a throat culture to have a definitive diagnosis of a strep throat.Strep throat may not hurt, you d, ont have to run a fever. In other words it can be ubiquitous. ...Read more

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When will I show the symptoms of strep throat if I got exposed today?

When will I show the symptoms of strep throat if I got exposed today?

1-3 days: The incubation period from when you get exposed to when you become sick is usually 1-3 days for strep throat infections. Strep often starts suddenly with headache, fever, sore throat and nausea. ...Read more

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If I have symptoms of a strep throat should I stay confined in my home?

Depends on variables: Once you have started treatment you become less contagious with each passing hour.By 24 hrs after starting a penicillin drug, the chance of random passage to others has declined enough to resume your routine. During that first 24 hrs, wash hands a lot, kiss no one, and limit outings to those required to get through the day. ...Read more

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My roommate has strep throat, should I get treated before I get symptoms?

My roommate has strep throat, should I get treated before I get symptoms?

No: Continual pretreatment before proof of infection can only lead to resistance, superinfection and poor care.In addition to complications. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of strep throat & what is to be expected while having it?

What are symptoms of strep throat & what is to be expected while having it?

More than pain : Strep symptoms can include sore throat, fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and headache. See a doctor if you are suffering from these symptoms. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean if someone has all the symptoms of strep throat but they don't have it?

Viral/mono: Perhaps the major cause of throat related symptoms are related to upper respiratory viruses from several families.One of the best known is the eb virus that causes most mono cases. Other rhino, adeno and respiratory viruses are significant causes. If you don't have strep, comfort measures are your main form of treatment along with proper hydration. ...Read more

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How long does a strep throat last? Do I suppose to hold all activities until symptoms are better?

How long does a strep throat last? Do I suppose to hold all activities until symptoms are better?

10 days usually: Treatment with penicillin for 10 days is the usual course. Get a new toothbrush, care with drinking glasses, etc. usually symptoms abate after 3 or 4days but important to take 10 days of medication! ...Read more

Strep Throat (Definition)

A throat infection caused by a strep bacteria that responds ...Read more