February 24, 2017

Strep Throat

What are other signs and symptoms of strep throat?

Other signs and symptoms of strep throat infection may include:

  • Redness of the soft palate, uvula (the "punching bag" structure hanging from the back of the soft palate), and tonsils. Commonly, the tonsils may have a bumpy look on their surface - somewhat like a golf ball
  • White or yellow colored spots on the tonsils (tonsillar exudate)
  • Petechiae (look like 1-2 mm bright red "dots" which represent ruptured capillaries) scattered on the soft palate
  • Enlarged and tender neck lymph nodes (also known as lymph glands)
  • A diffuse rash over the torso and groin region. The classic description of this rash is that it looks like "goose bumps on a moderate sunburn". The presence of a strep infection and this specific rash is termed scarlet fever. This diagnosis does not imply a more severe strep infection or imply any change in prognosis or management. The rash is not contagious.

While most patients with strep throat will experience these signs and symptoms, not all will necessarily be present in each individual.

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Reviewed on 10/12/2016