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Can you have strep throat if your tonsils are not red and/or swollen?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
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In brief: Yes

Although tonsils are often involved, they need not be and the infection is only obvious on the posterior pharyngeal surface or producing enlarged lymph nodes in the anterior superior chain of lymphatics in the neck.

In brief: Yes

Although tonsils are often involved, they need not be and the infection is only obvious on the posterior pharyngeal surface or producing enlarged lymph nodes in the anterior superior chain of lymphatics in the neck.
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Dr. James Ferguson
You can also test positive with no symptoms at all and be a strep carrier who never seems to get ill from it.
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