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Doctor insights on: What Is The Level Of Danger For Strep Throat

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7 yr old had untreated strep throat 12 weeks ago is he still in danger of complications? Is his next strep more dangerous?

7 yr old had untreated strep throat 12 weeks ago is he still in danger of complications? Is his next strep more dangerous?

Yes: Scarlet fever. If left untreated, even if the illness resolves, the individual can be at risk of developing rheumatic fever or rheumatic heart disease. These are autoimmune diseases where the body starts attacking cells of the body that resemble portions of the streptococcus bacteria. Why to play a russian roulette? Visit your doctor for an appropriate prophylaxis. ...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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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?

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 more

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Can a low lymphocyte level be normal with strep throat? wbc were around 19,000 , neutrophils 70% lympocytes were 2% .

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

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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?

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?

See below: The use of antibiotic can enhance the GI absorption of Coumadin (warfarin) and hence increased inr. Check with your doctor for holding Coumadin (warfarin) until your inr is in therapeutic range. You need the antibiotic if you have a strep infection. ...Read more

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What is strep throat?

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 more

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How bad is strep throat?

How bad is strep throat?

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 more

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What is a 'strep' throat?

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 more

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Is strep throat seasonal?

Is strep throat seasonal?

Not Always: There is a seasonal pattern as in dr park's response, but it does generally occur all year round to some degree.So beware and careful. ...Read more

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Is strep throat airborne?

Is strep throat airborne?

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

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