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Is it possible to get a virus strep throat when you have a bacteria strep throat?

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Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Definitions

"strep" throat is always bacterial because that term refers to the bacterium streptococcus pneumoniae.
Everything else is a sore throat but is not 'strep'. Yes, you can have viral and bacterial in the throat at the same time but, this is not very common.

In brief: Definitions

"strep" throat is always bacterial because that term refers to the bacterium streptococcus pneumoniae.
Everything else is a sore throat but is not 'strep'. Yes, you can have viral and bacterial in the throat at the same time but, this is not very common.
Dr. Ronda Alexander
Dr. Ronda Alexander
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Dr. Henry Selke
The cause of strep throat is bacteria known as Streptococcus pyogenes, also known as group A streptococcus.
Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Viral tonsillitis

You can frequently have strep and infectious mono which is caused by a virus.

In brief: Viral tonsillitis

You can frequently have strep and infectious mono which is caused by a virus.
Dr. Oscar Novick
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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

On occasion, strep coexists with a viral infection.
Thus the antibiotic may appear not to make you better, since it does not work for the viral illness. In these cases whether the strep is an active infection or present in a " carrier" or passive state is not clear.

In brief: Yes

On occasion, strep coexists with a viral infection.
Thus the antibiotic may appear not to make you better, since it does not work for the viral illness. In these cases whether the strep is an active infection or present in a " carrier" or passive state is not clear.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Dr. Mark Diamond
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