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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

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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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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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

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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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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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What tests do they do for strep throat?

What tests do they do for strep throat?

Depends: In most cases a quick strep preformed on a throat swab will be all that is needed if positive. If negative some might do a backup culture. If the pattern of your symptoms suggests a more involved process, a blood test for mono may be done, but these can be falsely negative early in the illness. ...Read more

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Please tell me what does a strep throat test feel like?

Please tell me what does a strep throat test feel like?

QUICK STREP TEST: Is an easy, valuable test done in most of the offices with result in 10 min. With a q-tip, the doctor will touch your both tonsils and back of pharynx (each one second- total 3 sec. To take swab). Some people has strong gag reflux, so agitation makes this scary. ...Read more

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Are there any over-the-counter rapid strep throat tests?

No: An office or facility must have a lab certification through the feds to use this diagnostic tool. At the least it requires a physician/lab director licensed in the state and be subject to inspection and regular registration updates. ...Read more

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Can swab test culture test done to check for strep throat be false -ve?

Can swab test culture test done to check for strep throat be false -ve?

Strep throat: A rapid strep test could be false negative. A culture, if the specimen is obtained properly, should not have a false neg. ...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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I have a white patch in the back of my throat. I usually think of this as having strep throat. Test came back neg. What could this be then?

I have a white patch in the back of my throat. I usually think of this as having strep throat. Test came back neg. What could this be then?

Thrush/Mono/CMV: If you took antibiotics this could be thrush caused by yeast overgrowth. Mononucleosis and cytomegalovirus infection can cause exudative pharyngitis. Other causes of pharyngitis include gonorrhea, diptheria, arcanobacterium and various viruses. ...Read more

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Blood test positive for strep, But I don't remember having strep throat recently. Where could it come from? 10 days on penicillin, Should that clear it up

Blood test positive for strep, But I don't remember having strep throat recently. Where could it come from? 10 days on penicillin, Should that clear it up

Hard to say: I assume you are commenting on a strep antibody test, since you would be very sick with strep in your blood. Adults can have ASO and similar tests at higher than expected levels form rather insignificant illnesses. A single skin infection, minor sore throat, or other issue can push up a titer. In the absence of symptoms it is viewed as a curiosity, not a sign of active disease. ...Read more

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I'm still not feeling good I feel like I have strep throat dr said I don't still have fever I know dr doing more tests can I take something to help me?

I'm still not feeling good I feel like I have strep throat dr said I don't still have fever I know dr doing more tests can I take something to help me?

Gargles & symptom Rx: I would advice you to treat yourself symptomatically including frequent warm salt water gargles. I am sure your physician is doing work up for cause including testing for Mononucleosis to treat afterwards if necessary. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have strep throat without white spots? My doctor said it might be strep, but I have to wait for the test & pain is unbearable. Help!

Is it possible to have strep throat without white spots? My doctor said it might be strep, but I have to wait for the test & pain is unbearable. Help!

It is possible for: Streptococcus Group A to cause a sore throat and fever with findings of redness without pus. It is also possible to be a carrier of "strep" & have a viral sore throat & fever. Your doctor is wise to await throat culture results, especially if Rapid-Strep test was negative, so as not to give you unnecessary antibiotics. The clinical course is not shortened, but If +, take all 10 days of Penicillin ...Read more

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My daughter gets strep throat every 2 months. They never run strep tests. Could this be something else, Like Epstein Barr. I have Epstein Barr. Thanks?

My daughter gets strep throat every 2 months. They never run strep tests. Could this be something else, Like Epstein Barr. I have Epstein Barr. Thanks?

If she is not being: Tested for strep - it may not be strep. Sure - she could have mono. Mono and strep can be easily tested for. Take care. ...Read more

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Doc did a rapid test & I have strep throat. How can I disinfect my house & keep my germs from spreading to other family members I have a mask on?

Doc did a rapid test & I have strep throat. How can I disinfect my house & keep my germs from spreading to other family members I have a mask on?

24 hours.: Non infectious after 24 hours on antibiotics. No need for mask if you are not coughing or sneezing and you can use reasonable respiratory etiquette. Do not share utensils / food or have mucous membrane contact until you have completed 24 hours.

Could wipe potentially exposed areas with simple soap and water or dilute bleach. ...Read more

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Tested negative on swab test for strep throat. But sore throat has been 1week. Is it normal to have a sore throat this long? Throat feels so dry too

Mgt: Some viral illnesses may causes a prolonged sore throat. If you have fever, chills, swollen nodes, another swab may be sent for testing.
In the meantime, throat lozenges and warm liquids can provide relief.
If you have a smoking history, then you should also be screened for malignancy. ...Read more

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I went to the doctor and told my symptoms he looked into my mouth and said I have strep throat without doing any other tests is this wrong?

I went to the doctor and told my symptoms he looked into my mouth and said I have strep throat without doing any other tests is this wrong?

Not necessarily: Though the more accurate information should be I believe or think you have Strep throat based upon your history and my examination ...Read more

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I feel I have strep throat- doc did not test me for strep- simply said I have the flu. He Gave me zpack. Would zpack treat strep if I had it?

I feel I have strep throat- doc did not test me for strep- simply said I have the flu. He Gave me zpack. Would zpack treat strep if I had it?

Yes: Z-pak will treat strep throat, but the package insert recommends a slightly higher dose for strep, so there is a slightly higher chance of recurrence of the dose pack is used for strep. The "flu" is a viral infection, however, and does not respond to antibiotics. ...Read more

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I've had a painful sore throat for over 24 hours, no fever or other symptoms. Should I get a test for strep throat? Nothing close is open until Monday

I've had a painful sore throat for over 24 hours, no fever or other symptoms. Should I get a test for strep throat? Nothing close is open until Monday

Sore throat: Can still be due to a virus, rest, pain killers, warm fluids and salt water gargles till you see your doctor tomorrow, if really suffering, go to urgent care /ER, best wishes ...Read more

Strep Throat (Definition)

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