How Sore Throat Without Strep Could Still Be Serious

September 9, 2019

When a patient has a sore throat but not strep,
doctors usually prescribe rest and lots of fluids. However, some aching throats may warrant
more serious medical attention. I’m Rachelle Grossman with your latest health news. A new
study found that a significant number of patients with sore throat symptoms tested positive
for F. necrophorum – a bacterial infection that can lead to health problems when untreated.
Doctors suggest that if a patient is infected with F. necrophorum, doctors should prescribe
penicillin, but doctors usually only test for strep when they take throat swab cultures.
F. necrophorum can sometimes cause dangerous inflammation and blood clots in the jugular
vein. However, the presence of the bacteria itself is not necessarily cause for alarm
since it is also naturally present in the body.

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