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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 is strep throat?

Specific infection: A strep throat is a bacterial infection of the throat (pharynx), tonsils or both caused by the bacteria group a streptococcus. Unfortunately common usage has deteriorated to mean sore throat in general. This is inaccurate. Many more viruses cause sore throats than streptococcal bacteria. Fever & sore throat for more than 2 days without cold symptoms suggests possible strep. A culture is best dx. ...Read more

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How bad is strep throat?

How bad is strep throat?

Depends: Streptococcus pyogenes, the bacteria behind strep throat is naturally colonized in some folks. When it is actually infecting you, that is, provoking an immune response in you, it can produce significant problems if left unchecked including rheumatic fever and subsequent heart valve disease later. ...Read more

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What is a 'strep' throat?

Throat infection: "strep" throat is an infection of the throat or tonsils caused by a type of bacteria called group a streptococcus. Usually accompanied by fever, headache, or nausea, strep is one if the few throat infections treated with antibiotics. Strep can only be reliably diagnosed with a throat swab. Although most cases resolve on their own, complications can arise if untreated within 10 days. ...Read more

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Is strep throat seasonal?

Is strep throat seasonal?

Not Always: There is a seasonal pattern as in dr park's response, but it does generally occur all year round to some degree.So beware and careful. ...Read more

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Is strep throat airborne?

Is strep throat airborne?

Usually not: This germ is in the mucous secretions of the carriers. They might be able to cough a few out, but they would dry out soon & die. Most pick it up through casual contact.Person A puts fingers in mouth,touches doorknob painting it with strep.Person B opens door and eventually touches face/mouth, completing the pass. It is much less contagious than chickenpox, where a cough is common + airborne spread ...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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How to cure strep throat?

How to cure strep throat?

Two steps: Step one: proper diagnosis= quick strep test with high accuracy
step two: take your medicine on schedule
you will not be contagous after 24hrs on meds but you need to finish them. Comfort measures including ibuprofen, throat sprays or lossenges can also help. ...Read more

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How do you get strep throat?

How do you get strep throat?

From someone else: Strep throat is a bacterial infection that people usually get from being exposed to another infected individual. ...Read more

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Can I die from strep throat?

Can I die from strep throat?

Depends: If you are looking at this in the short term, no.Most untreated patients will gradually feel better and return to a stable state of health.An estimated 1/200 will develop rheumatic fever and associated heart disease, kidney or brain impairments. Some of these will eventually die from complications if untreated. It is a significant cause of death in underdeveloped countries, but takes time. ...Read more

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How does strep throat spread?

How does strep throat spread?

Thru the Air: Strep is a contagious disease and spreads thru close respiratory contacts.Avoidance and good handwashing may help minimize the spread. ...Read more

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What exactly is strep throat?

Steptococcus pyogene: It is a throat infection due to streptococcus pyogenes (a bacteria), also known as group a beta-strep. This is the same organism known as the "flesh-eating" bacteria. The major risk here is acute rheumatic fever if the strep throat is not treated properly. This occurs after recovery from the throat infection. ...Read more

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How can I treat strep throat?

How can I treat strep throat?

If verified- treat: The majority of sore throats are viruses, but if you have verified strep you should have it treated with an antibiotic. Symptoms may improve in a day or two without treatment, but complications would still be possible without proper treatment. ...Read more

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How do you avoid strep throat?

How do you avoid strep throat?

Avoid: If you know someone has strep, avoidance is best , followed by good hygiene, such as good handwashing and keeping your distance. ...Read more

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What is done for strep throat?

What is done for strep throat?

If verified- treat: The majority of sore throats are viruses, but if you have verified strep you should have it treated with an antibiotic. Symptoms may improve in a day or two without treatment, but complications would still be possible without proper treatment. ...Read more

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How can I cure a strep throat?

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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What to do about strep throat?

What to do about strep throat?

Maybe: You can always play the odds and see what happens.Like the folk in the early 1900s.They also had strep ; it passed.However, about 1/200 developed 1of 3 patterns of complications.The only way to know if you had strep was to test it.If treated within 10 days of 1st symptoms you can stop the pattern of complications for strep, if not, you know you won't suffer them. ...Read more

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Can my baby catch strep throat?

Can my baby catch strep throat?

Yes: Although there is a common misconception that babies don't get strep, they can and frequently do, especially if there are school age children in the home, or if the child attends daycare. If you think your child has a sore throat, they need to be seen. If they have a positive strep test, they require antibiotics to prevent rheumatic fever. Strep cannot be diagnosed without a strep test or culture. ...Read more

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How do you catch strep throat ?

How do you catch strep throat ?

HAND TO FACE TRANSFR: I know a psychologist who studied human behavior & found the average adult touched his/her face with unwashed hands 6x/hr & nose 2x/hr.Anytime we do so we can pass germs from what we touch to areas that allow germs access to the nose & mouth. You can do what you can to avoid it, but strep is carried by at least 5% of asymptomatic people continuously. ...Read more

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What do I take for strep throat?

What do I take for strep throat?

If verified- treat: The majority of sore throats are viruses, but if you have verified strep you should have it treated with an antibiotic. Symptoms may improve in a day or two without treatment, but complications would still be possible without proper treatment. ...Read more

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How was strep throat discovered?

How was strep throat discovered?

Microbiology: Anton van Leeuwenhoek, a scientist and microbiologist from Holland, discovered strep throat. He conducted various experiments and came up with different methods for using microscopes. He is famous for many biological discoveries and is often considered as the “Father of Microbiology” for his contributions. ...Read more

Strep Throat (Definition)

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