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Strep Throat: Symptoms, Diagnosis, Causes and Risks

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Strep throat is an infection that children can bring home. But anyone can become sick with strep throat.

Strep throat is a bacteria which affects the throat and tonsils. The bacteria is known as a group A streptococci or GAS. Streptococci bacteria are passed through mucus membranes and saliva.

Strep throat is contagious. If you have been exposed to someone who has strep throat, you may develop symptoms in 24-72 hours.

Symptoms of strep throat include:

• Sore throat
• Difficulty swallowing
• Nausea
• Chills
• Fever
• Headache
• General ill feeling
• Loss of appetite
• Swollen and tender lymph nodes in the neck
• Fatigue
• Tonsils are swollen and often covered with pus
• Roof of the mouth may have fine red lesions called petechiae
• Red throat, sometimes with white patches
• Abnormal taste

A health care practitioner can determine if you have strep by a throat culture where they swab the back of your throat.


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