May 24, 2017

Distinguish Common Sore Throat from Strep

Woman feeling her neck due to a sore throat.
Inside view of open mouth revealing strep throat signs of white patches, mucus and red swollen tonsils.
A girl with a cold blowing her nose.
Man with a scarf around his neck checking his temperature with a thermometer.
Woman checking to see if her daughter has swollen lymph nodes.
Man holding his throat in extreme discomfort due to a sore throat.
Rash on the body which may be a sign of scarlet fever.
Sample of Streptococcus bacteria
Magnification of virus infection.
Doctor performing a throat culture on a girl to check for strep throat.
Person taking antibiotics for strep throat.
Sprinkling salt into a glass of water.
Man with a cold breathing steam from a bowl.
Woman with cup of tea and hot water bottle.
Woman sitting beside refrigerator eating ice cream.
Sick man sitting on bed drinking water.
Woman taking pill from bedside table.
Cough lozenges in pill strip.
Woman inhaling nasal spray.
Doctor checking woman's throat.

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Reviewed by Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD on Friday, October 28, 2016

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