Strep throat is a contagious bacterial infection that is common in children, and is caused by group A Streptococcus bacteria (called “group A strep”). The bacteria are spread through contact with droplets after an infected person coughs or sneezes. You may also contract the disease if you drink from the same cup as a person who is infected, or touch your mouth, nose, or eyes after touching something that has some of the infected droplets on it.
The most common symptoms of strep throat include:
- Sore throat, usually starts quickly and can cause severe pain when swallowing
- A fever (101°F or above)
- Red and swollen tonsils, sometimes with white patches or streaks of pus
- Tiny red spots (petechiae) on the area at the back of the roof of the mouth (the soft or hard palate)
- Headache, nausea, or vomiting
- Swollen lymph nodes in the neck
- Body aches or rash
When to Call Your Doctor
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of strep throat, visit your doctor’s office. Healthcare professionals can do a test that involves swabbing the back of the throat. This quick and painless test will let the doctor know if group A strep bacteria are causing your symptoms.
The best way to prevent getting strep throat is to wash your hands often, and to avoid sharing eating utensils. It is also important to cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing.
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