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April 23, 2017
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Strep Throat: It's Not Just for Kids

April 23, 2017

Say the words “strep throat” and the first thing that likely comes to mind is taking care of a sick child. But strep throat, though it’s commonly thought of as a childhood disease, can strike at adults as well. In this post to HealthConnection.TV, UT Heath Northeast family medicine expert Dr. Christine Powell answers questions about diagnosing and treating strep throat.


Questions:

  1. Strep throat is something we normally associate with children but it also occurs in adults. What exactly is strep throat?
  2. What are the symptoms of strep throat and how do they differ from a common sore throat?
  3. What is the difference between a bacterial infection and a viral infection?
  4. How do you test for strep throat?
  5. What can happen if strep throat goes untreated?
  6. How do antibiotics work in treating strep throat?
  7. Is strep throat contagious? Are adults more or less likely to be susceptible to it than children?
  8. If you are treating a child for strep throat, are you more likely to get it yourself?
  9. Do you treat strep throat differently in adults?
  10. Are you more likely to get strep throat if you still have your tonsils?
  11. Is strep throat something that can be treated at home without seeing a doctor?
  12. Can strep throat ride the coattails of other illness such as bronchitis or the flu? Does other illness make you more likely to contract strep throat if you come in contact with it?
  13. Is there anything we can do to prevent getting strep throat?
  14. If you have a sore throat, how do you know when it's time to see a doctor?

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