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?
A general physician or ENT would do a throat examination to check for inflammation and pus inside the throat.
HOW IS STREP THROAT TREATED?
It is treated with antibiotics and symptom relievers such as painkillers and fever reducing medications. Homeopathic medications are also used.