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What To Do If Exposed To 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 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 more
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
If verified- treat: The majority of sore throats are viruses, but if you have verified strep you should have it treated with an antibiotic. Symptoms may improve in a day or two without treatment, but complications would still be possible without proper treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Streph Throat: Please see your physician for a streph throat test - if positive you will be treated with antibiotics. Rest, hydrate well with water & stay far, far away from cigarette smoke. You can keep mucosa moist with a humidifier. Add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. Slippery elm bark lozenges are another option. Saltwater gargles: mix 1 tsp salt in 8 oz warm water – gargle severa >>. ...Read more
Maybe: You can always play the odds and see what happens. Like the folk in the early 1900s.They also had strep ; it passed. However, about 1/200 developed 1of 3 patterns of complications. The only way to know if you had strep was to test it. If treated within 10 days of 1st symptoms you can stop the pattern of complications for strep, if not, you know you won't suffer them. ...Read more
Yes: Although there is a common misconception that babies don't get strep, they can and frequently do, especially if there are school age children in the home, or if the child attends daycare. If you think your child has a sore throat, they need to be seen. If they have a positive strep test, they require antibiotics to prevent rheumatic fever. Strep cannot be diagnosed without a strep test or culture. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
HAND TO FACE TRANSFR: I know a psychologist who studied human behavior & found the average adult touched his/her face with unwashed hands 6x/hr & nose 2x/hr. Anytime we do so we can pass germs from what we touch to areas that allow germs access to the nose & mouth. You can do what you can to avoid it, but strep is carried by at least 5% of asymptomatic people continuously. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Microbiology: Anton van Leeuwenhoek, a scientist and microbiologist from Holland, discovered strep throat. He conducted various experiments and came up with different methods for using microscopes. He is famous for many biological discoveries and is often considered as the “Father of Microbiology” for his contributions. ...Read more
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