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How long after exposure to strep does it take your body to feel its symptoms?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree

In brief: Depends on You & exp

Group a strep is variable in its effect.
During the year there are strep carriers around (5+/-%) who seem never to get sick but can pass it on.Asymptomatic carriage in winter is higher.If u are susceptable (we can't be sure who) then u probably become sick within 3 days. U have 9-10 days to rx & stop most bad effects on kids.Simple office tests can confirm a sore throat is really strep & not viral.

In brief: Depends on You & exp

Group a strep is variable in its effect.
During the year there are strep carriers around (5+/-%) who seem never to get sick but can pass it on.Asymptomatic carriage in winter is higher.If u are susceptable (we can't be sure who) then u probably become sick within 3 days. U have 9-10 days to rx & stop most bad effects on kids.Simple office tests can confirm a sore throat is really strep & not viral.
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Dr. Glenn Skow
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Usually up to 3 days

Time from exposure to symptoms is referred to as the incubation period.
This period for strep throat is usually up to 3 days from contact.

In brief: Usually up to 3 days

Time from exposure to symptoms is referred to as the incubation period.
This period for strep throat is usually up to 3 days from contact.
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Dr. Philip Rosenblum
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 3-5 days

It varies based on the individual, but my experience has been that the typical kid starts to have a sore throat by monday or tuesday after the friday or saturday slumber party, and that mom or dad comes in by friday.
Also, not everybody gets a sore throat. You can have a sore throat, sinus pain or ear pain with strep. Fever is not always present. And not everyone gets sick with strep, either.

In brief: 3-5 days

It varies based on the individual, but my experience has been that the typical kid starts to have a sore throat by monday or tuesday after the friday or saturday slumber party, and that mom or dad comes in by friday.
Also, not everybody gets a sore throat. You can have a sore throat, sinus pain or ear pain with strep. Fever is not always present. And not everyone gets sick with strep, either.
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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics

In brief: Up to a week

As soon as a day, as long as a week can be the incubation period.

In brief: Up to a week

As soon as a day, as long as a week can be the incubation period.
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