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    Strep?
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    ISWIM posted:
    Hello,
    One of my co-workers came into work on Saturday and told me he might have strep and he had to leave early from work to go to the doctor. We teach gymnastics classes so we are in one room and work closely with the gymnasts. Well, last night at he informed me he did indeed have strep throat and was put on antibiotics. This morning I woke up and have a terrible sore throat and a low grade fever. Is it possible to have caught it that quickly or does it take a week or so to catch it. Obviously, I will have to have a throat culture done to confirm it, but I don't want to rush to the doctor if it takes longer that a few days to catch strep.
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    Rod Moser, PA, PhD responded:
    Sure...you can develop Strep that quickly, however, most adults have a pretty good immune system and tend to resist this bug during causal encounters. I get exposed to it several times a day from patients and never get Strep.

    You can really wait a few days before getting tested. Viruses, the most common cause of sore throats, tends to improve on day 3 or 4. Strep tends to have worse symptoms....bright red throat with petechiae (little blood dots) on the palate, as well as fever.
     
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    ISWIM replied to Rod Moser, PA, PhD's response:
    Thanks. This morning it was worse so I had my husband look at my throat and I have white spots and very red tonsils. Made an appointment for this afternoon. I am pretty sure it is strep. If it's not I will be surprised.
     
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    Rod Moser, PA, PhD replied to ISWIM's response:
    It does appear to have some of those characteristics of Strep, but appearances can be disceptive. A rapid strep test or a culture would give you the definitive answer.

    Let me know the final verdict.
     
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    ISWIM replied to Rod Moser, PA, PhD's response:
    It's strep and I have an ear infection. Feeling a little better today than I was yesterday.
     
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    Rod Moser, PA, PhD replied to ISWIM's response:
    Thanks for the update. I hope that you continue to feel better every day......


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