Strep Throat - Cause

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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!.

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!.