A bacterial infection that causes inflammation and pain in the throat, Strep throat is a sore throat accompanied by fever caused by streptococcus.
This can affect anyone of any age, but most common affected are children aged 5 to 15 years. It’s a contagious infection that spreads through sneezing and coughing.
Symptoms: (How can you tell if you or someone in your family has strep throat?):
Symptoms usually become apparent after a 1-4 day incubation period.
They can be mild or severe, usually the back of the throat and tonsils become red and swollen with white fuzzy patches. The swelling can be painful and cause difficulty swallowing, which when combined with fever can lead to dehydration.
Diagnostic strep throat using only symptoms is very difficult, testing is needed, often a swab to the affected area. Strep throat and sore throat from a viral infection have similar symptoms.
Symptoms of strep throat include:
• White spots on the tonsils
• Red, inflamed, and swollen tonsils
• Sore throat
• Tender lymph nodes on the upper part of your neck
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