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How does strep throat spread?

How does strep throat spread?

Thru the Air: Strep is a contagious disease and spreads thru close respiratory contacts.Avoidance and good handwashing may help minimize the spread. ...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 are the vectors in strep throat?

What are the vectors in strep throat?

People usually: The vast majority of strep throat cases are spread in people to people contacts thru respiratory droplets. Animals hve been implicated rarely as have surfaces such as toys etc. ...Read more

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Can strep throat be spread from you to you child?

Can strep throat be spread from you to you child?

Yes it can: Strep thoat can be spread among family members and to other contacts. Antibiotics may decrease the risk to spread strep throat to another person. ...Read more

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Can strep throat spread from someone who is not outwardly sick?

Yes: A person who is assymptomatic may be contagious. If someone is not treated with antibiotics they may be contagious for up to three weeks. ...Read more

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Can strep throat be spread by breathing?

Can strep throat be spread by breathing?

Yes, it can be: spread by respiratory droplets, so that if someone with strep is speaking with someone close to them/breathing on someone close to them/sharing glasses/water bottles, etc, it can be spread. ...Read more

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Is it normal for strep throat pain to spread to neck and head. I am on cephalexin for three days but this pain has not still gone away. ?

Is it normal for strep throat pain to spread to neck and head. I am on cephalexin for three days but this pain has not still gone away. ?

Check dosage/diagnos: You may be getting suboptimal dose of cephalexin or you may have another problem, as infectious mononucleosis, a viral pharyngitis, can co-exist. Yes pharyngitis pain can spread, but usually abates with the start of treatment after one or two days, goodluck ...Read more

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I was taking Amoxicillin for Strep throat and 8 days in I got an itchy rash that quickly spread to my whole upper body (lower body only light rash). I'm in a third world country. What should I do?

I was taking Amoxicillin for Strep throat and 8 days in I got an itchy rash that quickly spread to my whole upper body (lower body only light rash). I'm in a third world country. What should I do?

Stop Amoxicillin: I would think it is a type III (not anaphylactic) reaction to penicillin. It is usually self limited. I would stop the Penicillin as strept thoat is usually cured with penicillins in 7 days or less. You can take anthistamines such as bendaryl or zyrtec (cetirizine) for rash or itch. It should improve on its own in a few days. If the rash does persist, or any new symptoms, seek medical care. ...Read more

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I have had a canker sore inside my lower lip for about a week and yesterday i was diagnosed with strep throat after that the sore began to spread.

I have had a canker sore inside my lower lip for about a week and yesterday i was diagnosed with strep throat after that the sore began to spread.

2 separate condition: 1. Canker sores are very common after tooth extraction. Canker sores are the most common oral lesions. Individual ulcers typically last 1-2 weeks. The condition is idiopathic (the cause is not known). 2. Strep throat is a highly contagious bacterial infection. If the "rapid strep" test positive the antibiotic treatment is warranted to avoid complications. ...Read more

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What is strep throat?

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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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