What is Strep Throat
Strep throat is a bacterial infection and inflammation of the throat and tonsils.
Strep throat symptoms can vary depending on the person.
Common strep throat symptoms include:
- Sore throat
- A sudden, high fever
- Swollen lymph nodes in the neck
- Pain or trouble swallowing
- Body aches
- Red, swollen, and inflamed tonsils
Strep throat is caused by the Streptococcus pyogenes bacteria.
An infected person can spread this bacterium through droplets of infected saliva, like when they sneeze, cough, or share drinks or eating utensils.
Someone can get infected if they touch their eyes, nose, or mouth after being exposed to the bacteria.
Antibiotics are the most common way to treat strep throat. After being diagnosed for strep throat, the doctor can prescribe the antibiotic.
If taking antibiotics, be sure to finish the entire supply, rather than stopping when you begin to feel better.
When to See a Medical Doctor
Only a doctor can prescribe you antibiotics that can treat strep throat.
Speak to a doctor if you’re experiencing symptoms of strep throat, particularly if the symptoms appear rapidly, and are accompanied by a high fever.