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Weird Taste In The Back Of My Throat
I've been getting constant headaches, dizziness, fevers, slight nausea & a weird salty taste in the back of my throat. For the past week or two..
This could be a: Viral infection, strep throat, yeast etc. Med eval would help to differentiate. 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. Consider tylenol (acetaminophen) or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications. Saltwater gargles: mix 1 tsp salt in 8 oz warm >. ...Read more
? Treated?: You are not considered contagious for strep after you have been on antibiotics for 24 hours. Your employer may of may not have other requirements, but this is the basic issue I use for clearing a patient to get back to work. ...Read more
Typical symptoms: sore throat, fever of greater than 38 °c (100 °f), tonsillar exudates (pus on the tonsils), and large cervical lymph nodes.
Other symptoms: headache, n/v, abdominal pain, muscle pain, or a scarlatiniform rash or palatal petechiae (small bleeding), the latter being an uncommon but highly specific finding. Consult doc if you have these symptoms. Good luck. ...Read more
Few days to a week: Usually after 1 week most if the symptoms should clear. ...Read more
Tips + antibiotics: For significant sore throat with swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician & get a streph throat test. If you have streph throat, antibiotic therapy is imperative to prevent future compications. Consider tylenol (acetaminophen) or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications. Saltwater gargles: mix 1 tsp salt in 8 oz warm water – gargle several times a day. Or gargle with aloe vera juice twice a day. ...Read more
I have hfmd but my oral & throat symptoms are severe - it's difficult to eat and even drink. At what point should I seek medical attention?
If dehydration...: ...Is a possibility (8-12 hours without urinating, weakness, etc.) or any other symptoms develop, i'd suggest calling your dr then. ...Read more
I have high fevers and chills only at night for the past 3 days. I have other lymphnode and throat symptoms but they are mild in comparison.?
GetTheeToADoctorry..: Based on what you have written, it will be best if you see a doctor if this pattern repeats itself one or two more times or you start to feel worse before then. There is a host of things that may cause this (some serious) and so if it doesn't go away quickly, get it checked out. In the meantime take Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin for the fever and keep up with fluids and if you work, take a day or two off. ...Read more
48': Usualy not contagious after 24 hours on antibiotics and sxs usually start improving within 48 hours on antibiotics. ...Read more
They go together: Streptococcus is divided into different groups, labelled a, b, c etc. They are further subdivided into Alpha hemolytic or beta hemolytic. The most common one that we are concerned with is group a, beta hemolytic. However we often just shorten this mouthful to strep b. If you have this you can get the usual symptoms of strep throat: fever, sore throat, white patches on your tonsils, etc. ...Read more
Strep is not a virus: While many sore throats are caused by viruses, strep throat is caused by a pathogenic strain of a bacteria called group a streptococcus. Both types of sore throat will improve over a few days & both will have active germs present after symptoms improve. Failure to have strep verified & treated may allow the germ to damage various organ systems over time. The viruses pass & self heal. ...Read more
What are ways to alleviate my strep throat symptoms while at home before my doctor's appointment?
I had severe allergic problem in my throat, symptoms are fever and really become tired, can't. Do any work. Is there any remedy for this?
Unusual: There may be something going on besides allergy. You may have a mononucleosis-like syndrome. Go and see a doctor and be diagnosed properly with a full history, exam, and possibly some testing. Good luck and get better soon. ...Read more
Usually not: By "strep throat symptoms, " I think you mean sore throat, fever, swollen glands, and tiredness lasting more than two or three days. These are not unique to strep, and usually don't occur with std's. But if you have those symptoms, you should visit your doctor to be checked. ...Read more
Throat culture strep: Strep throat is characterized by intensely sore multiple circular or ovoid ulcerations of the lining of the throat and/or tonsils that may or may not coalesce into larger erosive ulcerations. Swallowing food, liquids and even saliva is excruciatingly painful. Because it is a bacterial infection is is almost always accompanied by a fever greater than 101 degrees, malaise and loss of appetite. ...Read more
Strep throat or throat cancer? Have used chew on and off for a year, history of cancer in my family but have all strep throat symptoms. Could it be so
Will strep test show positive at first sign of sore throat? Symptoms started less than 24 hrs ago, got tested, nurse said test negative. I often get strep.
The rapid strep test: Can be falsely negative 30% of the time, meaning you have the disease but the rapid test failed to pick it up. That is why many docs will send a culture. But even so, if you know you were exposed to another person who tested positive for strep pharyngitis, the guidelines say to treat regardless of what the rapid test shows. In that case many elect not to send a culture because it doesn't affect Tx ...Read more
Started zpack on day 5 of Strep throat symptoms. Is this too late? Now at risk for Rheumatic Fever?
No: Not too late. Zpak while taken for 5 days is long acting and is working in your body for a full 10 days. ...Read more
I have a long history in regards to my throat. Symptoms are redness, feeling of lump, scratchy, and if I speak for 15 mts then throat becomes tired.
LPR: Laryngopharygeal reflux is when a small amount of acid comes up into the throat and irritates it. It is a common cause of dry tickle cough, chronic sore throat, lump in the the throat, post nasal drip, phlegm in the throat, and throat clearing. It is also a contributing factor to ear eustachian tube and sinus problems. It responds well to proton pump inhibitor rx. You need to see ent. ...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 more
Very unlikely: That they are related. You could of course have a second problem with infection. ...Read more
Maybe: The most common symptoms are nasal congestion and drainage. Pain is down the list a way. Loss of sense of smell is the most reliable symptom. I sometimes have seen patients who's only symptom is ear pain, and could only make the diagnosis by doing a nasal endoscopy and seeing pus dripping over the eustachian tube opening in the back of the nose. See an ENT and have a nasal endoscopy. ...Read more
Several possibilitie: Chris, There are several possibilities. A strep screen is about 80-85% accurate. Strep is therefore still a slight possibility. More likely is a viral pharyngitis, which would cause the same symptoms, usually last 5-7 days, then get better on its own. Lastly, you could have mono, if you haven't before. In that case, it would last 6 weeks. If it doesn't go away in a week see your doctor. ...Read more
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