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Strep Throat

What is strep throat?

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June 12, 2014 8:39AM

Strep Throat

Strep throat (or "Streptococcal pharyngitis", or "Streptococcal Sore Throat") is a form of Group A streptococcal infection that affects the pharynx.


  • Sore throat
  • Red and white patches in the throat
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Tender or swollen glands (lymph nodes) in the neck
  • Red and enlarged tonsils
  • Headache
  • Inner ear pain
  • Lower stomach pain
  • Fever
  • General discomfort, uneasiness, or ill feeling
  • Loss of appetite and nausea
  • Rash
  • Frequent cold chills

Strep throat must be treated with antibiotics, or it can turn into rheumatic fever, a much more serious condition1.