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Strep Throat

What are the signs and symptoms of strep throat?

Signs of strep throat are not unique - indeed many viral infections (which cause the large majority of sore throats) can have identical signs and symptoms as a GAS infection. Typically, an older child and adolescent will have several core symptoms such as:

  • Fever (generally 102 F [38.8 C] and higher)
  • Sore throat (may vary from mild to moderate in severity)
  • Headache
  • Upset stomach with nausea occasionally severe enough to cause mild vomiting

Of note is that runny nose, cough, hoarse voice, muscle aches,diarrhea and oral blisters are generally not seen with a strep throat infection. These latter symptoms are more commonly indicative of a sore throat caused by a virus. Continue Reading

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