Streptococcal Pharyngitis is one the most commonly diagnosed conditions in medical clinics today. The incubation period is 1-7 days and the duration of the illness is usually 4-10 days. The rash when seen presents in the first two days of the condition and lasts about a week then starts to slough off. This rash is not always seen and may be more common in children who are the most affected group. This condition is caused by an infection with beta-hemolytic Streptococcus pyogenes (GAS) a bacterium that wreaks havoc on children and adults. Strep throat occurs mainly in the Winter and Spring seasons due to close contact. GAS is spread by contact with airborne respiratory particles (sneezed or coughed) so avoidance is key if another is diagnosed. School age children should not go back to school until >24 hours of treatment with antibiotics are begun. The toothbrushes of the children and adults should be washed nightly in the dishwasher and at the end of the antibiotics should be thrown away and another used.
Diagnosis is made is made by history of sore throat, headache, myalgia (muscle aches), malaise (feeling of general discomfort), fever 100.4 degrees F or 38 degrees C, vomiting, abdominal pain, rash and cough. Medications are curative and needed and the whole coarse should be taken to avoid strengthening the bacteria. The main problem with untreated strep throat is that other damaging conditions are possible with the movement of the bacteria to other parts of the body causing conditions such as sinusitis, otitis media (inner ear infection), glandular swelling in the neck, abscess formation, pneumonia, rheumatic fever, glomerulonephritis and many other serious conditions.
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