May 3, 2016

Strep Throat

Strep throat facts

  • Most sore throats are caused by viruses, not strep bacteria.
  • Symptoms of strep throat in middle-age children and adolescents include:
  • Symptoms associated with an upper respiratory infection (a "cold") are typically absent (for example, nasal congestion, cough, muscle aches and pains, nasal congestion, and oral blisters).
  • The diagnosis of strep throat is established either via a rapid strep test (RADT) or a throat culture.
  • Strep throat is cured by appropriate antibiotic therapy.
  • While rare, there are several complications that may develop from a strep throat infection. Continue Reading
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Reviewed on 4/20/2015