Strep throat

By redorangedog Latest Activity February 24, 2017 at 11:44 am Views 2,608 Replies 2


Signs and symptoms of strep throat can include:

Throat pain that usually comes on quickly
Painful swallowing
Red and swollen tonsils, sometimes with white patches or streaks of pus
Tiny red spots on the area at the back of the roof of the mouth (soft or hard palate)
Swollen, tender lymph nodes in your neck
Nausea or vomiting, especially in younger children
Body aches
It's possible for you or your child to have many of these signs and symptoms but not have strep throat. The cause of these signs and symptoms could be a viral infection or some other illness. That's why your doctor generally tests specifically for strep throat.

It's also possible for you to be exposed to a person who carries strep but shows no symptoms.

When to see a doctor

Call your doctor if you or your child has any of these signs and symptoms:
A sore throat accompanied by tender, swollen lymph glands
A sore throat that lasts longer than 48 hours
A fever higher than 101 F (38.3 C) in older children, or fever lasting longer than 48 hours
A sore throat accompanied by a rash
Problems breathing or swallowing
If strep has been diagnosed, a lack of improvement after taking antibiotics for 48 hours

The cause of strep throat is bacteria known as Streptococcus pyogenes, also known as group A streptococcus.

Streptococcal bacteria are highly contagious. They can spread through airborne droplets when someone with the infection coughs or sneezes, or through shared food or drinks. You can also pick up the bacteria from a doorknob or other surface and transfer them to your nose, mouth or eyes.

Risk factors

Several factors can increase your risk of strep throat infection:

Young age. Strep throat occurs most commonly in children.
Time of year. Although strep throat can occur anytime, it tends to circulate in late fall and early spring. Strep bacteria flourish wherever groups of people are in close contact.

Although strep throat isn't dangerous, it can lead to serious complications. Antibiotic treatment reduces the risk.

Spread of infection

Strep bacteria may spread, causing infection in:

Middle ear
Inflammatory reactions

Strep infection may lead to inflammatory illnesses, including:

Scarlet fever, a streptococcal infection characterized by a prominent rash
Inflammation of the kidney (poststreptococcal glomerulonephritis)
Rheumatic fever, a serious inflammatory condition that can affect the heart, joints, nervous system and skin
Researchers are investigating a possible link between strep infection and a rare condition called pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorder associated with group A streptococci (PANDAS). PANDAS is a term used to describe certain children whose symptoms of neuropsychiatric conditions, such as obsessive-compulsive disorder or tic disorders, are worsened by strep infection.

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    WASHED OUT February 24, 2017 at 12:26 pm   

    Julie said I had a rash breaking out on my face and forehead last night. But I couldn't see it and didn't feel it was necessary to see it, just felt bad and achey with body aches.

    WASHED OUT February 24, 2017 at 12:22 pm   

    Well last night I had 101 temp took aleve but was slow to get it down. This morning I woke up with a fever so I took Tylenol 3 and it came down rather quickly. The doctor put me on a z-pack antibiotic. I was running 99.8 at the doctors office and my blood glucose has been running on the high side, I guess from this sickness.

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