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Strep Throat Without Pain
Is it possible to have strep throat without throat pain? Have terrible headaches and sunus congestion and an overall ill feeling.Tested possitive.
Is it possible to have a sore or strep throat without any pain or soreness? like only red bumps on the back wall of throat?
Difficult answer: Between 5-30% of the well population (depending on season) can carry strep in their throat without becoming ill. If you have a strep test done, it would be just as positive as if you were sick from it. In a research setting, they would use blood tests to verify a true infection, but this is not practical in an office setting. Red bumps in the back of a throat are common and non specific. ...Read more
Is it possible to have strep throat without feeling it? My throat looks bad and has white spots on it, but I feel no pain.
Difficult answer: From 5-20% of the general population will be symptom free strep carriers at different times of the year. These do not show blood tests showing an immune response (INFECTION) but a throat swab would be positive.In general, if you have no symptoms other than what you think is a red throat, you don't need treatment. If you have a throat swab done, a positive does not always mean you are infected. ...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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Strep Throat.: Antibiotic therapy is imperative to prevent future complications. Consider tylenol or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications. Saltwater gargles: mix 1 tsp salt in 8 oz warm water ; gargle several times a day or can gargle with aloe vera juice twice a day. Pour boiling water over thinly sliced ginger. Steep 5 min. In a covered pot. Add 2 to 3 tbs honey ; sip. Try thyme tea. ...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
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