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Doctor insights on: Strep Throat Carriers

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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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Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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Strep Throat (Definition)

It's a throat infection caused by a strep bacteria that responds rapidly to most antibiotics. There can be a number of other bacteria involved in addition to strep so a regular culture (not just a quick strep ...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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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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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 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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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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What will happen if i let strep throat go away by its self?

What will happen if i let strep throat go away by its self?

1st Sx will : Strep throat goes through several phases. The acute symptoms will eventually fade in most without rx. During the sub-acute phase, the body continues to make antibodies and a fraction (1/200) develop long term complications including kidney damage, heart damage(rheumatic fever) and brain injury.Antibiotics can stop the complications if started within ~10 days of first fever. ...Read more

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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