Users' questions

Will I get strep if my wife has it?

Will I get strep if my wife has it?

There are more than 100 types of strep, although they don’t all cause throat infections. The illness usually begins within two to five days after exposure to the bacteria, so if yours was diagnosed more than about five days ago and no one else in your family is sick, they are unlikely to catch it from you now.

What happens if you have strep but have no symptoms?

Antibiotics Get You Well Fast. Someone who tests positive for strep throat but has no symptoms (called a “carrier”) usually does not need antibiotics. They are less likely to spread the bacteria to others and very unlikely to get complications. If a carrier gets a sore throat illness caused by a virus, the rapid strep test can be positive.

How long does it take for a person with strep throat to get sick?

Conjunctivitis (also called pink eye) It usually takes two to five days for someone exposed to group A strep to become ill. A sore throat that starts quickly, pain with swallowing, and fever are some of the common signs and symptoms of strep throat. Children and Certain Adults Are at Increased Risk

Can A strep throat infection cause a sore throat?

In these cases it can be hard to know what is causing the sore throat. If someone keeps getting a sore throat after taking the right antibiotics, they may be a strep carrier and have a viral throat infection. Talk to a doctor if you think you or your child may be a strep carrier. Complications can occur after a strep throat infection.

How old is a child when they have strep throat?

Strep throat (or what we refer to as sore throat) is the result of a bacterial infection (caused by A streptococcal bacteria) that causes pain and inflammation in the pharynx. While this is a fairly common infection among all age groups, children between the age groups of five and 15 are more prone to this.

How does a doctor check for strep throat?

Strep throat. Print. Your doctor will conduct a physical exam, look for signs and symptoms of strep throat, and probably order one or more of the following tests: Rapid antigen test. Your doctor will likely first perform a rapid antigen test on a swab sample from your throat.

Antibiotics Get You Well Fast. Someone who tests positive for strep throat but has no symptoms (called a “carrier”) usually does not need antibiotics. They are less likely to spread the bacteria to others and very unlikely to get complications. If a carrier gets a sore throat illness caused by a virus, the rapid strep test can be positive.

Conjunctivitis (also called pink eye) It usually takes two to five days for someone exposed to group A strep to become ill. A sore throat that starts quickly, pain with swallowing, and fever are some of the common signs and symptoms of strep throat. Children and Certain Adults Are at Increased Risk

What does it mean if your child has no symptoms of strep throat?

This means that they have no symptoms, they are not contagious and their throat strep test stays positive even after taking antibiotics. If your child gets a sore throat and you know that he or she is a strep carrier, the doctor will treat it like a virus.