Strep throat is a contagious disease caused by infection with streptococcal bacteria, which causes inflammation and swelling of the mucous membranes lining the back of the throat and the tonsils. It is a common cause of sore throat in school-aged children and teens, and its prompt diagnosis and treatment is important to prevent any potential complications. The common symptoms of strep throat include:
• a sudden fever, especially if it’s 101˚F or higher
• a sore, red throat with white patches
• a headache
• a loss of appetite
• swollen lymph nodes in the neck
• trouble swallowing
HOW IS STREP THROAT DIAGNOSED?
The doctor will examine the throat and check for signs of inflammation. He may also check the neck for swollen lymph nodes and ask about other symptoms. If the doctor suspects strep throat, they may do a rapid strep test in the office. The health care provider swabs the back of the throat with a long cotton swab, collecting a sample. He will then send the sample to the lab to look for signs of bacteria.
HOW IS STREP THROAT TREATED?
Antibiotics and home remedies are the ideal treatment for Strep Throat.
DID YOU KNOW?
Untreated Strep Throat leads to serious complications