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Could This be Strep or Viral?!!! Please HELP!

Hi. I am a 36 year old male. History of IBS, and Anxiety.

I had what I believed to be a cold.

These are my symptoms:

Thursday - sneezing. Congestion. Light sore throat/no fever

Friday - nasal congestion/runny nose/sore throat/no fever/mild bodyaches

Saturday - chest congestion/cough/no fever/very mild nasal congestion

Went to get treated for cough related illness because I figured I had a bad viral infection.
Was tested for Strep A via rapid test because I previously had a sore throat.

Rapid Test for Strep A came back positive and was told that I have Strep A. I used to carry Strep G.

Dr. ordered a culture. Dr. Told me I need antiobiotics although very reluctant to take them because of IBS- D and dont want to take anything that could make it worse.

Again, todays main symptom is cough and chest congestion with mild nasal congestion. The cough is productive.

I dont even have a fever or a sore throat but I have Strep A? The doctor wasnt emphatic about my reluctance and concern for antibiotics, but I did take a loading dose of 500mg of Zithromax a few hours ago and my stomach hurts already.

Could I just have a cold and be a strep carrier? I used to carry Strep G. Thank you
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replied October 8th, 2019
Thank you for asking at Ehealth forum!

I read your question and I understand your concern.
Yes, you have just cold and strep carrier because its common commensal.
I hope it helps. Stay in touch with your healthcare provider for further guidance as our answers are just for education and counselling purposes and cannot be an alternative to actual visit to a doctor.
Take care
Khan


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