Have I got the throat lurgey?
July 30, 2012 1:08 PM Subscribe
My boyfriend has just been diagnosed with a severe bacterial throat infection. How likely is it that I also have it?
posted by fight or flight to health & fitness (8 answers total)
My boyfriend has had low-level symptoms (a dry/sore throat, swollen lymph nodes, feeling generally run down) for (he says) a few months now. Today he finally visited the doctor and was told that he has a severe throat infection, bad enough that he has to stay home from work for a week and take a 10-day course of antibiotics (penicillin).
From what little I know about infections, this suggests he has either some form of strep or a bacterial infection. His doctor has advised him that we need to stop kissing (aw), but I'm concerned that the length of time between (possible) contraction and diagnosis and the fact that we were together (and all that entails) all last weekend means that I might already have it (and, if untreated, could possibly give it back to him).
In myself I feel mostly fine. I have occasionally woken up with a sore throat over the last few months, which I put down to the dry winter air, but that's all. No fever, no pain.
I'm 90% sure I'm going to go to a doctor anyway just to be sure, but I'd find it helpful in the right now if anyone out there knows the likelihood of this being A Thing.
So, my questions: how likely is it that I have already contracted an infection from my boyfriend? Is it possible for us to pass a throat infection back and forth if we don't treat it properly? If I don't have it, how can I prevent myself from catching it during his treatment (besides the no kissing thing)?