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Strep Carrier/ Chronic Swollen Nasal Passages

I am a strep carrier and have chronic swollen nasal passages that are most likely the result of lifelong allergies. Even though "strep carriers" are not supposed to become more ill than others, I always have a sore throat. The doctor says this is probably from post-nasal drip and possibly silent reflux, but I wonder if it is indeed because I am vulnerable to strep.

I get sick about once a year with strep, and when I get it, I am very sick. My throat is not even the primary symptom, even though I am diagnosed through my throat. I guess because my throat is always red, I don't notice throat pain. I always know I'm sick with strep because, 1) I feel chilled to the bone, 2) I feel weak, 3) I am very sick at my stomach and have intestinal pain, especially in the morning, though I rarely actually vomit, (I have had a normal GI workup including colonoscopy recently) 4) I have a headache.

My doctor says he can smell the strep! I think I know what he's talking about, because I can smell it on my kids who always get sick with me. If I am correct about the smell he's talking about, it's a medicine-like, unnatural smell coming from the nose and mouth.

My brother is also a strep carrier, and he and I both have out teeth cleaned every 6 months, have good dental hygiene, and yet every 6 months my teeth are coated in plaque again. I don't know if there is a connection to the strep or not.

My main question is if I should actively try to get rid of this in my body, or take extra precautions to reduce bacteria in my environment, or take probiotics, or something along those lines to stop getting sick every year with strep.

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