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Strep Throat

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Comment from: Nini, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: December 11

I started feeling a casual sore throat Wednesday night, and slight fever. Thursday morning I woke up around 5 am throwing up and feeling horrendous. I asked my friend, a doctor for advice and he said it sounded like flu. I went to his clinic that day, barely able to walk, shivering, shaking, fever at an all-time high, and coughing. They prescribed me Tamiflu. They were wrong, I had strep. The next day I had to go to the emergency room, it had gotten so bad. Today is Sunday. The symptoms have calmed down but I still have sore throat and pain.

Comment from: toronto, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 16

My daughter had a sore throat and fever three months ago. Being that it was Christmas Eve I got her to the walk-in clinic just before closing. The doctor did not take a culture but said she was sure it was strep throat, so prescribed Amoxil. One month later I came down with a very bad sore throat and swollen lymph nodes, fatigue, headaches, etc. I was tested for strep after one week of agony and results came back positive for strep. I was prescribed azithromycin for five days. Ten days after starting it my throat and I still felt wretched. So, back to the doctor and he swabbed both my daughter and myself. I just got the call today; my daughter tested positive for strep but she feels fine! I feel terrible; tired, swollen nodes, and very sore throat but my test came back negative! I wonder if my daughter could be a carrier. I wonder if I should give her antibiotics even though she is asymptomatic. I don't want her to take antibiotics unnecessarily.

Comment from: LucyRose07, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 26

I'd just gotten over a bad cold when I started having a sore throat again. I thought possibly it was the flu and I'd just try and manage it at home. Big mistake. Three days later the pain was unbearable, I wasn't eating anything but yoghurt, had horrible chills and high fevers on and off all day and night, body aches, white film in my mouth, slight red rash all over my body, headaches, and exhaustion. I could not sleep well at night, made it worse that I co-sleep with my 11 month old who still doesn't sleep through. I got to the doctor and the swab test came back negative! The doctor is pretty sure it's still strep though with all the symptoms, and I've been on amoxicillin for 3 days now. I have still got a horrible earache, sore throat and swollen gland all on my right side, still having fevers also. I hope this doesn't last long as I have to look after my baby!

Comment from: johanna, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 12

II am an adult and I frequently get strep throat. It usually hits me all of a sudden and I need antibiotics to get better (my Dr usually gives me Azithromyocin 5 day tablet). It usually happens more frequently in winter and spring, but I've gotten it in the summer too. I notice it happens mostly with severe weather changes. For instance if it's a nice sunny day, then the weather drops dramatically by night fall-or if it's windy and cold-and I don't have a scarf on to protect my throat, I'll get sick. I tend to take a Theraflu if I feel it coming on the night before, by either my throat starting to hurt or my ear starting to hurt-sometimes that helps. And sleeping with a Halls in my mouth is not uncommon too. More often than not though this doesn't stop strep from coming on, and if I don't get antibiotics I won't get better. I think I just have a weak immune system in general (my white blood cell count is always below normal). And I notice that if I have Sinusitis and don't get treated for that right away, then strep throat usually follows. Either way, it's a terrible disease to have as an adult because since it's so uncommon, most people don't understand why you get sick so often (like your boss at work) and you can't help that you are so sensitive to it!

Comment from: Pegah, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 06

I went to ER after having a very severe sore throat and body aches. I could not even drink or swallow my saliva. I was feeling pressure at my chest and vomiting. I was shivering but I had no fever. I went to the ER, where my blood pressure was low and I had a very rapid pulse. They gave me an antibiotic booster through IV. I also got Penicillin 500 Mg for seven days and Prednisone. I am on my second day of treatment and I already feel better. The throat is still very sore but I can drink, but I do not eat solid food.

Published: May 16

My ten year old son has strep throat and is miserable! His doctor prescribed amoxicillin 400mg one teaspoon three times a day for ten days. I am also giving him children's Tylenol every four hours. Ice pops and ice chips also take the edge off.

Comment from: Mary, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 24

They did the rapid test and it was positive. I work with kids so I must have gotten it from one of them. I have swollen glands, painful swallowing, high fever and body aches.

Comment from: momof3, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 07

My friend drank my pop. She thought it was hers and I did not see her drink it until after I took a drink. She had red sores all over her mouth. She told me it was herpes and it wasn't contagious because she had it for two weeks already. The next day I developed the red sores and they were not cold sores or herpes. I developed a severe sore throat and I got white spots on the back of my throat and some on my mouth too. My doctor gave me antibiotics and pain relievers. That was the worst sore throat that I have had in a long time. My son also got a rash on his bum.

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Comment from: Martin, 13-18 Male (Caregiver) Published: June 06

My 14, almost 15 year old son, came home that late afternoon from a pool party. It was an end-of- year celebration with 6 or 7 friends. By bedtime he seemed to have a sore throat. The next morning at 10 I had him in to see the doctor. The throat swab tested positive for strep throat.

Comment from: CaliforniaNative, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 16

My symptoms were body aches, a slight fever and swollen lymph glands on one side. No real sore throat. Both sides of my neck ended up swollen. I knew that's not "normal" so I went to the weekend urgent care. The quick test said strep and now I'm on 10-day antibiotics. It is very interesting how symptoms can vary person to person.

Comment from: mom of 2, 7-12 Female (Caregiver) Published: April 04

My 12 year old was swabbed for strep after her school had a outbreak, the rapid strep was negative. She was only thirsty at night time and had a cough, no fever no symptoms. Her cough just seemed to stick around. After a week, of dealing with over the counter affects I took her back but was told it was a cold. 2 weeks later she was having arm pain that was excruciating. She was crying in pain. We took her to the children's hospital and they could not diagnose her with anything saying it was all in her head. As a mom, I was disagreeing saying this child has something wrong. She was seen by a neurologist and 12 doctors and nothing. She stayed at the hospital for 4 days in observation with morphine. She was finally released, but she came home with no answer. We took her back to her pediatrician and he recommended a blood test. We found out she had strep in the bloodstream and could have died. Her body was jerking and she was in pain still. She had a MRI and also X-rays because they thought she broke something. As it runs out, it was strep in the blood. She was so infected that she needed amoxicillin for 5 months. Strep is not mild it can affect your child's heart and be fatal if not caught.

Comment from: Judyb, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 16

I was just back from Mexico. Started as extreme tiredness, but I developed extremely sore throat with white patches. Had it enough when I was younger to know. Walk in clinic gave me Amoxicillin It's better but a week later I'm still feeling bad. Could still be virus from Mexico too.

Comment from: sickgal, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 20

I cannot confirm exactly where I got strep throat, however I can confirm that I knowingly weakened my own immune system! I went out dancing, and came outside sweaty without a coat in minus 20 degree weather. I was drinking alcohol throughout the evening, and only got about 5 hours of sleep. So, I'm not surprised that my immune system was hit pretty hard after that! I'm not a college kid anymore...!

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 19

Yes, I work with preschoolers. Later, when I got to work, I saw the school nurse and she said I had a fever and she did the swab and I was positive for strep. I never had it and don't want it.

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