Headache and very swollen and sore throat. Do I have strep?

Maybe strep,flu,etc. Nose and throat symptoms can be from cold viruses, strep throat, allergies, etc... It can be difficult to tell what the cause is. If symptoms only last 1-2 days, it was likely allergies, irritation, or a mild cold. Doctors have rapid 5-minute tests for strep, so a primary care doctor can diagnose strep and start antibiotics "right away", which means within the first 3 days of strep symptoms.

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Started with sore throat, headache, muscle aches and sensitivity to touch. Took DayQuil but does not relieve sore throat. Do I have strep or the flu?

Need exam/swab. If you go to the doc, s/he can obtain a good ENT exam, including a tonsilar swab for a rapid Strep test. An acute EBV tonsillitis looks very similar with fever, headache, muscle aches, sore throat, lymphadenopathy & white plaques on the tonsils. EBV can even cause right upper belly pain (acute viral hepatitis). Antibiotics will help a strep but not viral infection. Consider sugarless lozenges. Read more...

I have a sore throat and headaches just on one side of my head along with my neck hurting do I have strep? I just recently got my tonsils removed.

Dr. can check throat. New throat pain can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees the doctor if the sore throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep throat). If tonsillectomy was recent, a patient can check with her surgeon too. Read more...

Headache, sore throat, stiff neck, feel warm, general discomfort...these are my symptoms...could I have strep or just a virus?

Can be either... Throat pain can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees the doctor if the sore throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep throat). A stiff neck should be checked out to see if there is something serious. Read more...

I got a fever and sore throat headache body aches do I have strep throat? What do I have what is fever for strep throat what temp is it.?

Have evaluated. You are still be in an age group where untreated strep can produce rheumatic fever a month or so down the road ; make the rest ur life miserable.(; cost a bunch) est.1/200 untreated strep are at risk; ~1/3 sore throats strep, ~1/600 the risk you take by the numbers.Most urgent care centers or offices can do a quick test ; see if it is strep. Read more...

What to do if I have strep, sore throat w/ white spots/swollen gland. Can I take a z pack (azithromycin) with my daily meds?

Strep throat. Strep throat should be diagnosed by rapid strep test and/or throat culture. Azithro is acceptable alternative if allergic to penicillins. Short course of Azithro is generally fine when taken with other medications, however, there may be some specific drug interactions. You should check with pharmacist if you have specific concerns. Read more...

My daughter has strep throat & today I woke up with a bad headache, sore throat, low fever, achy, fatigue, & feel awful. Could I have strep now too?

It's possible . Strep throat can be contagious, particularly during the few days before a person's symptoms start and even within the first 24 hours of antibiotic use. You should review this problem with your primary care physician. Best of luck. . Read more...

How to know if I have strep throat or just a sore throat?

Two issues. Tonsillitis is a nonspecific term designating the tonsils as inflamed ; may occur with many germs including strep. Strep throat indicates a specific agent streptococcus group a which is easily confirmed with a quick test or culture. While viral tonsillitis requires no abx ; will self heal, strep needs rx to prevent complications ; prevent spread within the community. Read more...

I'm had a sore throat for the past few days. How do I know if I have strep throat?

Simple test. There are multiple reasons for throat irritation.Viral infections, strep, dry hear, allergic drainage, etc. A simple swab can be tested within a few minutes in the office and detect strep proteins if it is the cause. If it's not strep, antibiotics will not help. Read more...