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Strep Throat Carrier Test
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
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
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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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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?
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?
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
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
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
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 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?
How is it possible that 3 yrs daughter & 4 yrs son had exactly same symptoms i.e. strawbery tounge fever & sore throat but swab test after culture for strep throat is only +ve for daughter.
Both have strep: Strep tests can be falsely positive sometimes, would treat both as a strep infection with antibiotics ...Read more
7 yo had a positive stool test for pseudomonas species a week after taking amoxicilin for strep throat. There are no symptoms, should he be treated?
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 I have had a sore throat for over a month and I got a strep throat test and it came back negative and the left side of the throat is the only side that hurts but both sides are red and the left side of the tonsil feels like it has a lump but I
Viral?: This may be viral and antibiotics would not help. However, strep tests done early in the disease may be false and you should have it repeated. ...Read more
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