Could this be Strep? Could be a carrier?!

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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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