Diagnosing Strep Throat

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Pharyngitis, or strep throat, or sore throat, are all terms that we use interchangeably, but actually, not every sore throat is a strep throat. Strep throat is a bacterial infection caused by the Streptococcus bacteria. That bacteria actually needs to be treated with an antibiotic. Believe it or not, in most cases, you don’t need an antibiotic for treatment. In most cases, it’s a viral origin. Now, how do doctors tell that? The best way to tell is through a test to see if there is a bacterium. If there is a bacterial infection, then doctors go ahead and treat it with an antibiotic.

 

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Combination Flu and Bacterial Infections Can Be Very Serious

Combination Flu and Bacterial Infections Can Be Very Serious

It’s something we don’t think about, but it can happen and it can be quite serious. We’re talking about the combination of flu infection with bacterial infections. There have been many reported cases where people have died from such a combination. In fact, with the appearance of H1N1 flu virus there was a concern that this type of infection followed by bacterial pneumonia could occur and become extremely complicated. Infectious diseases experts see this quite often. There have been associations of staph aureus with post-influenza infections in the 50’s and 60’s, especially in times of pandemic influenza.

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