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What Is The Level Of Danger For Strep Throat
7 yr old had untreated strep throat 12 weeks ago is he still in danger of complications? Is his next strep more dangerous?
Rolling dice: Without doing a blood workup on the kid it is hard to guess what the risk will be now or later. The cited risk of deadly forms of rheumatic fever is 1/200 untreated episodes & we have no way of knowing who is susceptible & what the effect of prior untreated episodes factor in. Roll the dice if you choose. Rheumatic heart disease is a significant factor in premature death in thee 3rd world. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I have strep throat and was told i can't go to work but I have a deadline to meet. My doctor. Said it was dangerous. How so? For who?
Your co-workers!: Strep is contagious, so you risk infecting others who may come in contact with you while infectious (coughing, sneezing, hand-hand contact), but you stop being contagious a day or two after being on antibiotics. Don't risk getting others sick if you are not yet better or there will be more deadlines missed than yours. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Before strep throat reaches level of rheumatic fever, do immune system already mildly attack body tissues?
Clarification: First, not all will develop rheumatic fever if untreated.The frequency is estimated at 1/200 untreated cases & what makes some do it and others not is unknown. Second, for those that will have 10 days to start treatment during which you can stop auto-antibodies to human tissue from forming. They would form antibodies to strep, just not auto-antibodies. ...Read more
Before strep throat reaches level of rheumatic fever, do a small number of antibodies already start to attach to body tissues?
It is rather complex: Link between strep infection&rheumatic fever is not clear.It seems that the bacteria tricks immune system.Strep bacteria contains a protein similar to found in certain tissues of the body.So the immune cells that normally attack the bacteria may attack body's own tissues as if it were Bacteria.Tissues like heart,joints,skin&nervous system.This takes time inuntreated cases of Strep throat&ScarletF ...Read more
Can a low lymphocyte level be normal with strep throat? wbc were around 19,000 , neutrophils 70% lympocytes were 2% .
Can't completely: Can't completely explain as I'm uncertain what the other 28% of the cells showed. With the infection your neutrophils go up but there are also other cells like monocytes that might go up. It's also important to know what your blood count look like before this infection. Your physician has all this information and this would be the best person to discuss this. ...Read more
My strep throat came back. But b'cuz my Coumadin (warfarin) level is high right now @ 3.6. I don't know if I should finish the antibiotic I have amoxicillin?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Streptococcus pyogenes, the bacteria behind strep throat is naturally colonized in some folks. When it is actually infecting you, that is, provoking an immune response in you, it can produce significant problems if left unchecked including rheumatic fever and subsequent heart valve disease later. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Throat infection: "strep" throat is an infection of the throat or tonsils caused by a type of bacteria called group a streptococcus. Usually accompanied by fever, headache, or nausea, strep is one if the few throat infections treated with antibiotics. Strep can only be reliably diagnosed with a throat swab. Although most cases resolve on their own, complications can arise if untreated within 10 days. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Usually not: This germ is in the mucous secretions of the carriers. They might be able to cough a few out, but they would dry out soon & die. Most pick it up through casual contact.Person A puts fingers in mouth,touches doorknob painting it with strep.Person B opens door and eventually touches face/mouth, completing the pass. It is much less contagious than chickenpox, where a cough is common + airborne spread ...Read more
No you will not if y: If you have been diagnosed with sterp throat you have to be treatedc with ba full course of antibiotics for 10 days to prevent scarlet fever, acute nephritis, rheumatic fever and spread of infection to ears, sinuses, lungs etc if you treat properly you will not bhave any problems. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Steptococcus pyogene: It is a throat infection due to streptococcus pyogenes (a bacteria), also known as group a beta-strep. This is the same organism known as the "flesh-eating" bacteria. The major risk here is acute rheumatic fever if the strep throat is not treated properly. This occurs after recovery from the throat infection. ...Read more
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