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What if strep throat goes untreated?

What if strep throat goes untreated?

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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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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What happens if strep throat is left untreated?

What happens if strep throat is left untreated?

Playing the odds: You can always play the odds and see what happens.Like the folk in the early 1900s.They also had strep and it passed.However, about 1/200 developed 1of 3 patterns of complications.The brain thing, st vitas dance put some in mental hospitals.The kidney thing led to sudden kidney failure that some did not survive.The heart thing ate up valves and left many weak for the remainder of a short life. ...Read more

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If left untreated with strep throat what will happen?

If left untreated with strep throat what will happen?

Playing the odds: You can always play the odds and see what happens.Like the folk in the early 1900s.They also had strep and it passed.However, about 1/200 developed 1of 3 patterns of complications.The brain thing, st vitas dance put some in mental hospitals.The kidney thing led to sudden kidney failure that some did not survive.The heart thing ate up valves and left many weak for the remainder of a short life. ...Read more

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Please help! what happens to an untreated case of strep throat?

Please help! what happens to an untreated case of strep throat?

Lucky vs unlucky: In some lucky ones ( probably the majority) the symptoms subside in 3-7 days and nothing bad happens at all. In some, the germ makes an erythrotoxin that produces a sunburn like rash that causes itching ; skin pealing. In some, the body develops antibodies that can cause kidney damage ; high blood pressure. In some, the antibodies attack the heart or brain producing rheumatic fever ; long term pbs. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens to an untreated case of strep throat?

Could you tell me what happens to an untreated case of strep throat?

Lucky vs unlucky: In some lucky ones ( probably the majority) the symptoms subside in 3-7 days and nothing bad happens at all. In some, the germ makes an erythrotoxin that produces a sunburn like rash that causes itching & skin pealing. In some, the body develops antibodies that can cause kidney damage & high blood pressure. In some, the antibodies attack the heart or brain producing rheumatic fever & long term pbs. ...Read more

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What are the later symptoms of strep throat if untreated?

What are the later symptoms of strep throat if untreated?

Lucky vs unlucky: In some lucky ones ( probably the majority) the symptoms subside in 3-7 days and nothing bad happens at all. In some, the germ makes an erythrotoxin that produces a sunburn like rash that causes itching & skin pealing. In some, the body develops antibodies that can cause kidney damage & high blood pressure. In some, the antibodies attack the heart or brain producing rheumatic fever & long term pbs. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me how long will strep throat last if left untreated?

Can someone tell me how long will strep throat last if left untreated?

2-5 days: Strep throat infections are self limited usually lasting no longer than 5 days. Rarely, the strep can go to another part of the body setting up a 2nd site of infection.The danger with strep is in the sequelae or aftermath of the infection, that in susceptible individuals can lead to rheumatic heart, kidney or brain disease. It is for these reasons that strep infections should be treated. ...Read more

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I feel very scared & guilty my son had an untreated strep throat that went away 6 weeks ago. How long until it is completely behind us i worry everyday.?

I feel very scared & guilty my son had an untreated strep throat that went away 6 weeks ago. How long until it is completely behind us i worry everyday.?

Hard to say: The earliest problems with untreated strep often come up within the first 2 wks & effect the kidneys. Rheumatic fever/heart & brain effects are more likely to be 4-6 weeks out from the first fever. Either way, as you pass the 6 wk marker without known issues you may have been lucky. The estimated attack rate for major complications of untreated disease is 1-2%. Subtle effects may appear later. ...Read more

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Is five days too long to leave strep throat untreated?

Is five days too long to leave strep throat untreated?

Maybe,maybe not: Basic rule is the long term complications of untreated strep are avoided if treatment is started within 9-10 days of the first fever. Some strains of nephrogenic (kidney injury) strep can create problems if not treated sooner.Verification of strep is important, as most throat infections are viral. ...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