USIMD logo
  USIMD home USIMD log In Sign Up!
USIMD Life : Your Healthy Living. Click Here!
Welcome, USIMD.com medical contents search October 24, 2014
       USIMD Life
       Medical Supplies
       Calorie Count
       Self-Diagnosis
       Physician Search
       Message Board
      E-mail Doctor
      E-mail Veterinarian
      Self-Diagnosis
      Health-O-Matic Meter
      Calorie Count
      Natural Medicine
      Vitamins & Minerals
      Alternative Living
      My Health Chart
      Diseases & Treatments
      Atlas of Diseases
      Sexually Transmitted
      Diseases
      Drug Information
      Illegal Drugs
      Lab & Diagnostic Tests
      Internal Medicine
      Women’s Health
      Pediatrics
      Eye Disorders
      Skin Disorders
      Headache
      Mental Health
      Radiology
      Neurology
      Allergy
      Resource Links
      Physician Directory
      Dentist Directory
      Hospital Directory





Strep Throat

more about Strep Throat


Strep Pharyngitis




Normal

Abnormal
  • This is an infection of the throat and tonsils that is caused by Group A streptococci bacteria.  It is transmitted by infected saliva droplets

  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Pain on swallowing
  • Swollen lymph glands in the back of the neck
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea

  • Examination:
    1. Throat, palate (roof of mouth), and tonsils are red.  Tonsils may have a white exudate (covering).
    2. Posterior-cervical adenopathy
    3. Rash (Scarlet Fever) which looks like a sunburn with fine red dots.
    4. Tongue may become "Strawberry" looking in appearance
  • Laboratory:
    1. Elevated white blood cell count
    2. Rapid strep antigen testing from a throat swab
    3. Culture is more accurate than rapid strep testing, but takes about 48 hours to make the diagnosis

  • Antibiotics -- many are effective, including penicillin, amoxicillin, or erythromycin



  • Special Consideration

- It is very important that "strep" throat be treated with antibiotics.  You should not try to fight the infection yourself.  Certain Proteins in the Group A streptococcus bacterium resemble those of human heart valves.  Therefore, if you fight off the infection yourself, you may form antibodies that can attack your heart valves, and hence get Rheumatic heart disease.  This may lead to permanent heart damage that occurs years later.




more about Strep Throat


If you want your friend to read or know about this article, Click here






medical contents search

Home   |   About Us   |   Contact Us   |   Employment Ad   |   Help

Terms and Conditions under which this service is provided to you. Read our Privacy Policy.
Copyright © 2002 - 2003 USIMD, Inc All right reserved.