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Strep Throat

Strep throat is a contagious disease caused by the Streptococci bacteria. It is most common among kids and teens. All questions concerning symptoms, treatments and contraction can be found here.

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How do you get rid of a sore throat?

If you have a sore throat, you should get plenty of rest and drink plenty of fluids. You should consider visiting a doctor, especially if your sore throat worsens, has spots, or continues for days. A humidifier or cold vaporizer can help as well to make the air more moist and soothing.

One of the better home remedies for a sore throat is a salt water gargle. It is very soothing. Be sure that a child is old enough to know how to properly gargle before using this. It should not be swallowed. Try this for the gargle:

1 teaspoon of table salt to 8 ounces of warm water. Gargle the solution and then spit it out. Warm water (but not hot) is more soothing. Do this a couple of times a day.

There are many over the counter products for sore throats, too. Ask the pharmacist at your drug store for recommendations of the best products available for your specific symptoms.

The most common cause of a sore throat is a viral infection, such as a cold or the flu. A sore throat caused by a virus usually resolves on its own with symptomatic care. A bacterial infection is less commonly the cause, but if it is due to bacteria, you will need to see a doctor to determine if you need antibiotics.

According to Otolaryngologists, some indications in adults that you need to see a physician with a sore throat are:

  • A very severe sore throat
  • A sore throat that lasts longer than a week
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Difficulty opening your mouth
  • Joint pain
  • Earache
  • Rash
  • Fever over 101 F
  • Blood in saliva or sputum (phlegm)
  • Recurrent sore throats
  • Lumps in your neck
  • Being hoarse for more than two weeks

In children, if the sore throat is not gone by the next day, contact your pediatrician for advice. Also get urgent medical care if children have any of the following with the sore throat:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Drooling (can indicate an inability to swallow)

Other helpful suggestions from Answers.com contributors:

  • Bradosol Lozenge's are very good for relieving sore throats.
  • Difflam Spray used for discomfort in the mouth and throat is also very good.
  • If your sore throat condition gets worse speak to a pharmacist or your doctor for some advice.
  • Take Advil and drink really cold Mountain Dew. The Advil alone does work a little but something cold also brings down inflammation.
  • Honey and lemon... Can use concentrated lemon juice from supermarket.... Even better with whiskey in it
  • Take a zinc supplement and 'gargle' warm salt water.
  • I also enjoy drinking hot green tea mixed with honey.
  • Use chamomile tea with cinnamon, eat licorice, eat ice cream or squeeze lemons and drink the sour juice, seriously.
  • Warm salt water gargling and B complex vitamins will help. It may be necessary to give an antibiotic.
  • Tylenol or throat sore medicine.
  • Since sore throats are sometimes caused by bacterial infections, and because it can cause a mucus film to build up on the throat, you can gargle with warm salt water. This will help in two ways: 1. Salt has natural antibacterial properties, which can help clear the infection. 2. By gargling with warm salt water, it will help rid the throat of the mucus film lining the throat, and help promote faster healing and give temporary pain relief.
  • If it's a post nasal drip sore throat the best thing to do is drink a lot of ice water to clear the excess mucous out.
  • If it's itchy it might be allergies so you could use Benadryl. If it lasts a long time or you have spots on your throat you should contact a doctor. Also, throat lozenges or cough drops help a lot.
  • Try a raw clove of garlic or raw ginger. They act like antibiotics and can clear up most sore throats. Make sure you eat something first and have something on hand to wash it down.
  • Honey and lemon... Can use concentrated lemon juice from the supermarket instead of squeezed lemon.... Even better with whisky in it
  • You can drink pickle juice or eat a few pickles.
  • If it's a post nasal drip sore throat the best thing to do is drink a lot of ice water to clear the excess mucus out. If it's itchy it might be allergies so you could use Benadryl. If it lasts a long time or you have spots on your throat you should contact a doctor. Also, throat lozenges or cough drops help a lot.
  • If the sore throat is that sore, you may have a bacterial infection, like strep throat, that needs antibiotic treatment. If is is not better after several days, if you see white spots on the back of your throat or swollen tonsils, and/or a high fever, you should get an examination by a health care professional.
  • Ask your pharmacist to help you choose the best over the counter sore throat relief medicine if the warm salt water gargles do not help. Drink plenty of liquids and check your temperature often. Also rest your throat. That would mean, less talking/singing, etc.
  • Whenever I get a sore throat, my dad makes me drink lemon juice, steam my face, eat oranges, drink tea, and gargle with salt water. I went to the doctor a month ago for a sore throat and he told me that I should keep eating lemons, gargling with salt water, and drinking non-caffeinated tea. Of course, I'm sure this depends on your exact symptoms. So, if these don't work, ask your doctor for more solid advice.
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What is Quincy throat?

Quinsy is an abscess between the back of the tonsil and the wall of the throat. It's also known as a peritonsillar abscess. It happens when infection spreads from a swollen tonsil to the area around it, usually during a severe case of tonsillitis. The symptoms of quinsy are similar to tonsillitis and include: * a worsening sore throat, usually on one side, * fever, * difficulty opening the mouth * difficulty swallowing * drooling rather than swallowing your own saliva and * swelling of the face and neck. Quinsy is now rare because most people get effective treatment for tonsillitis early enough to prevent it. Quincy may be suspected if you have a sore throat that gets a lot worse very quickly, or tonsillitis with more severe symptoms than normal. Quinsy is treated in hospital. The abscess that has formed has to be aspirated (the pus is sucked out) and antibiotics may be needed to prevent the infection spreading. An operation to remove the tonsils (tonsillectomy) may be recommended a few months after quinsy.

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How long do you have to wait to kiss someone if you have strep throat?

i would say no sooner than 48 hours after starting antibiotics.

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How long is a person contagious with strep throat?

Within 3 days after exposure to the germ that causes strep's painful sore throat, you may get sick. Once infected with strep, you are contagious for up to 2 to 3 weeks, even without symptoms. However, taking antibiotics you will no longer spread the bacteria to others after about 24 hours.

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How much amoxicillin for 95 lb child with strep throat?

Give it according to the prescription you got from the doctor.

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How long are you contagious with strep throat after you have had an injection of rocephin 500mg?

You should avoid going to work or out & about in the public for at least 2 days, 3 if you wish to be extra cautious.

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What are the symptoms of strep throat?

The most consistent and prominent symptoms are a sore throat and pain with swallowing. Classically the throat is solidly red and swollen with white patches (called exudates) although this can vary. The palate (roof of the mouth) may have small red dots (petechiae). Swollen lymph nodes ("glands" ) in the front of the neck are almost always present. A high fever and generalised aching in the joints and/ or muscles are also common.

A diffuse red rash that is commonly described as "sand paper" and is associated with a red "strawberry" tongue suggests scarlet fever which is also caused by strep. The rash is generally not itchy and does not include hives. Other rashes are more suggestive of viral infections.

Small children sometimes present with abdominal pain and even vomitting but this is not a common or prominent symptom in adults (unless from the antibiotics).

Diarrhea generally is not from strep. Runny nose, head congestion and cough are also usually not associted with strep (they suggest viral infections).

Strep is obviously contagious but not to the degree that most people assume. Only about 5% of siblings will catch strep when it is in the house. An infection "running through the whole house" and infecting multiple family members or a large percentage of the children in a day care center or school is usually a virus rather than strep. It should be kept in mind that the rapid strep tests (that give a result in 5 minutes) will be positive in 10% of people who do not have strep. So if 20 kids in a class get sick 2 will test positive by random chance even if it is just a virus. Despite this, people will cite those two cases and say that "strep is going around".

Difficulty swallowing; uneven swelling of the throat (more swollen on one side); pain that goes down into the chest, especially with swallowing, and stiff neck are all signs of other complications and reasons to see the doctor immediately.
Symptoms of Strep are high fever, soar throat and vomiting.
symptoms

  • difficulty swallowing
  • sudden fever
  • discomfort
  • loss of appetite
  • nausea
  • rash
  • red throat, with pus pockets
  • sore throat
  • tenderness in the neck
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Where was strep throat first found?

This question can not be answered since medical records/history are modern and for many centuries no records were kept. It is only in recent history that man has started to understand bacteria and viruses. Even today when a new virus shows up it takes time to understand it and find a cure. Historians can only guess what people died of and where.

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Does strep throat affect your vocal cords?

I believe so, because I just had strep throat about a month ago, and still after recovering, i lost my high range singing and its painful trying to force singing high to work on it.

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Why are there red bumps in the back of your throat?

A cold usually comes along with other things, sometimes flu, strep throat, etc. and the reason that is is because coughs and colds lower your immune system, the body is fighting the cold and it lowers the immune system allowing other virus's and germs to get in this also includes allergies

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What is systemic strep?

lol 1d af

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How long does strep throat last?

It lasts about 3-5 days, but make sure to wash hands, definetely get lots of rest and you'll get better soon.

Hope it helped

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Can you feel lethargic with strep throat?

Yes, strep throat can cause people to feel tired and lethargic especially if it is a chronic infection.

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How long does it take your throat to heal after having strep throat?

you are no longer contagious after 24 hours on an antibotic, but, you could still feel bad and run down for 7-10 days. your throat should be completley healed by then

First and foremost: REST!!!!! Sleep as much as you can! Stay in bed! Have someone help you if you can. And don't try to be all "heroic" and drag in to work or school. That isn't strong, it's stupid. Not to mention inconsiderate because you can pass it on to others.

Pneumonia and especially scarlet fever are possible outcomes from neglecting strep throat, and sometimes they can be lethal.

Take it seriously.

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Can you treat is strep throat with claritomycin?

Yes you can. Its an alternative to cephalosporins.

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What can you eat or drink to help a sore throat?

Try something nice and warm, but not hot, like tea with squirts of lemon, or chicken broth. Don't eat ice-cream because it coats your throat, and milk products can increase mucus production. An occasional Popsicle would be better than ice cream if something cold feels good, but warm liquids will help your sore throat heal faster. Drink plenty of liquids to help keep your body able to fight the infection, and to be sure you do not get dehydrated if you have a fever with the sore throat.

There are cough drops and throat sprays available to temporarily numb your throat when it is so sore you aren't able to drink enough water or swallow foods. Ask your Pharmacist for help finding the best product for your symptoms.

You can also help by gargling warm salted water. Salt is soothing and helps your throat heal faster when mixed in water (it should taste only a little salty, don't mix it too strong or it can actually make things worse). The warmth of the water helps bring the circulation with healing blood cells to the area to speed things up as well. Doing this several times a day will help. Do not drink the salty water, gargle and then spit it out. A little swallowed will not hurt you, if you accidentally do swallow it, unless you are on a very restricted salt free diet. (see below for gargle recipe)

If you have a fever with the sore throat, if it lasts more than a few days, if it is more painful than your usual sore throat with a cold, or if you look in your throat and see red or white spots, you should have it checked by your health care professional. You might need to have antibiotics prescribed if it is a bacterial infection and not a viral infection like a cold or flu.

Recipe for salt solution for gargle:

2 teaspoons of salt

1 pint of water

Stir until the salt is dissolved, it will dissolve faster if the water is warm. It should be only warm and not hot, the same temperature as your body or slightly warmer. Be sure your child is old enough to know how to gargle before trying this, they should not drink the salt solution and you don't want them to aspirated any of it.

Optional: Some people add a teaspoon of baking soda to the solution (not baking powder). This can help to clear the mucus if your throat is coated. It would not be harmful if you swallow the solution by accident with or without the baking soda.

Other people recommend eating pickles or drinking pickle juice. This can be okay in limitation unless you are on a salt-restricted diet since pickle juice and pickles have a high sodium content. Sipping on lemon juice or lemons can provide the acidity to perhaps change the pH and make the throat a less hospitable place for pathogens, as might the pickles, but without the salt. The salt in the brine of the pickles can be part of what helps sooth, too, so, this in combination with a salt water gargle (no swallowing) can perhaps do the same trick.

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Can you die from strep throat?

Nothing is impossible but, no your not very likely to die from strep throat. Just try to talk less maybe treat the sickness with medicine, get lots of sleep and you hopefully will feel better in a couple of days.

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Can NyQuil heal strep throat?

Answer No. The only treatment for step throat is antibiotics (usually penicillin), which are not found in NyQuil. If you think you have strep throat, see a doctor immediately. how in the name of science would that work. just think about it.

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What does strep throat look like in kids?

A classic clinical presentation of strept throat in the pediatric population is: fever, malaise, anorexia, headache, nausea, and a throat that is extremely erythematous (red) with characteristic petechiae (red dots) on the soft palate. Nevertheless, it is always an excellent idea to confirm one's clinical exam with a throat culture.

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Do you need to throw away toothbrush after strep throat?

Yes, 24 hours after starting antibiotics (According to this webpage: http://www.nnmc.edu/academics/departments/health/documents/n216alterationsinrespiratoryfunctionlec.pdf) Group A Strep • Signs and symptoms: Sore throat, fever, adenitis, tonsils and pharynx covered with exudates, bad breath • Diagnose with throat culture • Treat with penicillin, Tylenol. Must complete course of antibiotics • Tip: throw away toothbrush 24 hours after antibiotic therapy started

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Do dogs get strep throat?

No, although they can act as carriers for the strep bacteria. They may develop similar symptoms as a result of infection with other bacteria.

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What is strep throat?

Strep ThroatStrep throat (or "Streptococcal pharyngitis", or "Streptococcal Sore Throat") is a form of Group A streptococcal infection that affects the pharynx. Symptoms
  • Sore throat
  • Red and white patches in the throat
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Tender or swollen glands (lymph nodes) in the neck
  • Red and enlarged tonsils
  • Headache
  • Inner ear pain
  • Lower stomach pain
  • Fever
  • General discomfort, uneasiness, or ill feeling
  • Loss of appetite and nausea
  • Rash
  • Frequent cold chills

Strep throat must be treated with antibiotics, or it can turn into rheumatic fever, a much more serious condition1.

1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strep_throat

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When do you know when you have strep throat?

Strep throat is inflammation of the tonsils at the rear of the mouth. The symptoms include soreness of the throat, pain and discomfort when swallowing, pain and tenderness of the jaw and ears. The symptoms are often accompanied by headache.

Although strep throat is caused by the streptococcus bacteria, the symptoms can be very similar to other forms of tonsillitis including viral infection.

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Where is strep throat bacteria found?

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Does thrush show up on a rapid strep test?

No, the rapid strep tests typically find only Group A Beta Strep, and no other strep subtypes nor other pathogens like yeast that causes thrush.

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