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If my sore throat is gone with out medication do I still have strep throat?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
6 doctors agree

In brief: Strep throat

The symptoms of this illness can vanish without having eradicated the organism from your throat.
The major point of treating strep infection is not to treat symptoms, but rather to prevent post-streptococcal complications (acute rheumatic fever).

In brief: Strep throat

The symptoms of this illness can vanish without having eradicated the organism from your throat.
The major point of treating strep infection is not to treat symptoms, but rather to prevent post-streptococcal complications (acute rheumatic fever).
Dr. Martin Raff
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Dr. Harvey Olds
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Finish meds

If u had a positive strep culture need to finish 10 days of meds.

In brief: Finish meds

If u had a positive strep culture need to finish 10 days of meds.
Dr. Harvey Olds
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. James Ferguson
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