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Common Strep Throat Symptoms

By December 6, 2017September 15th, 2021No Comments

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What is strep throat?

Strep throat is a bacterial infection that causes inflammation and pain in the throat. This common condition is caused by group A Streptococcus bacteria. Strep throat can affect children and adults of all ages. However, it’s especially common in children between the ages of 5 and 15Sneezing and coughing can spread the infection from one person to another.

Symptoms of strep throat

The severity of strep throat can vary from person-to-person. Some people experience mild symptoms like a sore throat, whereas other people have more severe symptoms including fever and difficulty swallowing. The common symptoms of strep throat include:

The symptoms of strep throat typically develop within five days of exposure to the bacteria.

Call your doctor if you experience:

  • a sore throat that lasts longer than two days

  • a sore throat with white patches

  • dark, red splotches or spots on the tonsils or the top of the mouth

  • a sore throat with a fine, sandpaper-like pink rash on the skin

  • difficulty breathing

  • difficulty swallowing

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