White Patches on Throat / Strep throat

(If you still can't see the white patches, it's located at the right side of the photo. It look like a liquid flowing out.)
FYI: That is how my throat look like in the inside when I was having strep throat

This morning I woke up with my throat feeling painful and unwell. After brushing my teeth I went to take a shower, while showering I kept spitting my saliva out. When I open my mouth and look into the mirror after sensing something weird I see some white patches on the back of my throat so I took a picture of it. After showing I was very worried because my body felt very hot and was having a slight fever so went to take a nap. The fever did not go away when I wake up, I was so afraid of that I will get a throat infection or cancer.
Parent asked me to seek treatment from doctor but I did not, I waited for it to get well by gargling salt water.

The symptoms I had:

  • Sore throat
  • Red throat
  • White patch in Throat(Very painful)
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Slight fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Headache


Note to people who had the same problem as me. Please do not take stuffs that contain acid, alcohol and chilli. For me I avoid sweet stuff as well because it doesn't feel nice swallowing it.

Until now I still don't understand how did the back of my throat grow this kind of white patches. Is consuming heavy level of alcoholic beverages one of the reason? I guess it is still better to take good care of your throat, body etc. before anything bad happen. When these white patch start growing you will be having difficulty swallowing food and the headache will make you lose your mood.

To people who are worried about yourself having white patches on throat, I hope you will be relive after reading this blog post of mine.

Did some research, information is below please scroll down to read:


Strep throat is the most common bacterial cause of sore throat. Because strep throat can occasionally lead to rheumatic fever, antibiotics are given. Strep throat often includes a fever (greater than 101 degrees Fahrenheit), white draining patches on the throat, and swollen or tender lymph glands in the neck. Children may have headache and stomach pain.

Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Strep throat is most common in children between the ages of 5 and 15, although it can happen in younger children and adults. Children younger than 3 can get strep infections, but these usually don't affect the throat.

The infection is spread by person-to-person contact with nasal secretions or saliva, often among family or household members.

People with strep throat get sick 2–5 days after they are exposed. The illness usually begins suddenly, with a fever that peaks on the second day. Many also have sore throat, headache, stomachache, nausea, or chills.

In some people, strep throat is very mild, with only a few of these symptoms. In others, strep throat is severe. There are many strains of strep. Some strains produce toxins that can lead to a scarlet fever rash. This rash is thought to be an allergic reaction to the toxins. Untreated, strep throat can sometimes lead to rheumatic fever. Kidney complications are among the other possibilities.

Treatment
Sore throat usually gets better on its own, people who have strep throat should take antibiotics to prevent more serious complications of this infection, including rheumatic fever. Penicillin has been traditionally recommended and is still very effective.

Be aware that most sore throats are caused by viruses, not strep. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends against treating sore throats with antibiotics unless the strep test is positive. Strep cannot be diagnosed by symptoms or a physical exam alone.

Ibuprofen can help people feel much better while the antibiotic is taking effect. Gargling with warm salt water (one half teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water) several times a day may also help.
Expectations (prognosis)

Nearly all symptoms resolve in one week. Treatment prevents serious complications associated with streptococcal infections.

Prevention
Most people with strep are contagious until they have been on antibiotics 24-48 hours. Thus, they should stay home from school, daycare, or work until they have been on antibiotics for at least a day.

Get a new toothbrush after you are no longer contagious, but before finishing the antibiotics. Otherwise the bacteria can live in the toothbrush and re-infect when the antibiotics are done. Also, keep your family's toothbrushes and utensils separate, unless they have been washed.

If repeated cases of strep still occur in a family, you might check to see if someone is a strep carrier. Carriers have strep in their throats, but the bacteria do not make them sick. Sometimes, treating them can prevent others from getting strep throat.

Symptoms

  • Sore throat
  • Red throat
  • White patches in throat
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Fever that begins suddenly
  • Tender, swollen lymph nodes in the neck
  • General discomfort, uneasiness or ill feeling
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Rash


Additional symptoms that may be associated with this disease:

  • Neck pain
  • Nasal discharge
  • Nasal congestion
  • Muscle pain
  • Joint stiffness
  • Headache
  • Abnormal taste

Source: http://www.healthline.com/adamcontent/strep-throat

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