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 15. Sneezing 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:
a sudden fever, especially if it’s 101˚F or higher
a sore, red throat with white patches
swollen lymph nodes in the neck
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