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Strep Throat Carrier Treatment
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Antibiotics.: For significant sore throat with swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician & get a strep throat test/ culture. If you have strep throat, antibiotic therapy is imperative to prevent future complications. Eat foods that are soft for sore throat. Saltwater gargles: mix 1 tsp salt in 8 oz warm water – gargle several x/ day. Pour boiling water over thinly sliced ginger. Steep 5 min.& sip. ...Read more
Maybe,maybe not: There are some people that carry group a strep in their throat for months or years at a time & never get sick from it.These strep "carriers" have developed a tolerance to the germ & provide confusion in DX and rx. When the come in with a sore throat from a virus or mono, they test + for strep & are often treated as such. Only blood tests would sort out the true carrier from strep disease. ...Read more
Drug sensitivity: Yes, although cheaper drugs are available that are sensitive to the strep organism. ...Read more
Does taking treatment for throat infection put my baby more at risk for my Group B Strep? I'm a carrier. Abx don't cover GBS can they make it stronger
So the usual recommendation is that you get tested for Group B strep between 35-37 weeks of your pregnancy. If you test positive, they will give you IV antibiotics that cover GBS during labor because the GBS transmission to the baby occurs during childbirth. Generally speaking, if an antibiotic doesn't cover GBS, it won't stimulate it to become "stronger". ...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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: That is possible.Get a more detailed answer ›
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?
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
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?
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Streph Throat: Please see your physician for a streph throat test - if positive you will be treated with antibiotics. Rest, hydrate well with water & stay far, far away from cigarette smoke. You can keep mucosa moist with a humidifier. Add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. Slippery elm bark lozenges are another option. Saltwater gargles: mix 1 tsp salt in 8 oz warm water – gargle severa >>. ...Read more
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