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How do you tell if you have strep throat vs sore throat?

How do you tell if you have strep throat vs sore throat?

See below: Most sore throats are viral pharyngitis. Fever, severe throat pain, an exudate(pus) on your pharynx or tonsils or enlarged lymph nodes near the angle of your jaws suggests the need for a rapid strep throat test. Viral pharyngitis should resolve without treatment in a few days. Take some over the counter throat lozenges and tylenol for pain relief. ...Read more

 

Strep Throat: Definition

It's a throat infection caused by a strep bacteria that responds rapidly to most antibiotics. There can be a number o ...Read more

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I need to know if I have just a sore throat or strep throat.?

I need to know if I have just a sore throat or strep throat.?

Have evaluated: You are still be in an age group where untreated strep can produce rheumatic fever a month or so down the road & make the rest ur life miserable.(& cost a bunch) est.1/200 untreated strep are at risk; ~1/3 sore throats strep, ~1/600 the risk you take by the numbers.Most urgent care centers or offices can do a quick test & see if it is strep. ...Read more

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Checklist: Treating a Sore Throat

Stay hydrated
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Drink warm or cold fluids, whatever feels better
Once
Try acetaminophen or ibuprofen to relieve symptoms
Once
Avoid spicy or acidic foods
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Can someone have strep throat with out a painful sore throat?

Can someone have strep throat with out a painful sore throat?

Yes and no: You can be an asymptomatic carrier of the germ who does not get sick with it.Up to 4% of people are carriers year round & they don't show blood test evidence of a strep infection.Some that have an infection have symptoms mild enough not to realize they are sick. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a strep throat & a regular sore throat?

Germ & consequence: Group a streptococcus is the agent causing strep throat while a multitude of viruses can cause an otherwise sore throat. Both will get better within a few days without treatment. However, the untreated strep may result in heart, kidney or central nervous system problems if not treated within the first 9 days.Symptoms may be identical at the beginning. ...Read more

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Checklist: Treating a Sore Throat

Stay hydrated
Daily
Gargle with salt water
Daily
See your doctor if you have a fever over 101.5F or can't swallow
Once
See your doc if you can't open your mouth well or turn your neck well
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Home remedies for a strep throat and sore throat?

Home remedies for a strep throat and sore throat?

See below.: If you have been diagnosed with a strep test and definitely have strep, please take and complete the course of antibiotics prescribed by your doctor. If you are waiting for a test result or waiting for the antibiotic to start working, you can take acetaminophen or ibuprofen and drink lots of fluids and eat soft foods. If you haven't been seen yet, please do see your doctor. ...Read more

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How to know if I have strep throat or just a sore throat?

How to know if I have strep throat or just a sore throat?

Two issues: Tonsillitis is a nonspecific term designating the tonsils as inflamed ; may occur with many germs including strep. Strep throat indicates a specific agent streptococcus group a which is easily confirmed with a quick test or culture. While viral tonsillitis requires no abx ; will self heal, strep needs rx to prevent complications ; prevent spread within the community. ...Read more

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Checklist: Treating a Sore Throat

Gargle with salt water
Daily
Take ibuprofen
3x day
Drink cool fluids
5x day
See your doctor
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How can one tell the difference between a sore throat from the common cold and a sore throat from strep throat?

How can one tell the difference between a sore throat from the common cold and a sore throat from strep throat?

Culture: The best way to tell if a sore throat is strep is with a strep culture. Rapid strep tests also give good answers in the office, but strep culture remains the gold standard. Your doctor may treat you without a test if the symptoms warrant, or do a rapid strep test or culture if it isn't clear. Symptoms suggesting strep include fever, pus on the tonsils, painful lymph nodes, and exposure to strep. ...Read more

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Pharynx: Definition

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, na ...Read more

 

Throat Pain: Definition

Throat pain is any tenderness or discomfort in the throat. This may be caused by b ...Read more

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