March 30, 2017
Table of Contents
- Strep throat definition and facts
- What is strep throat, and what causes strep throat?
- What are the common signs and symptoms of strep throat?
- What are other signs and symptoms of strep throat?
- Are the signs and symptoms of strep throat in infants and toddlers?
- How is strep throat spread, and is it contagious?
- What tests diagnose strep throat?
- How is strep throat treated?
- What natural and home remedies help soothe strep throat pain?
- What over-the-counter (OTC) medication soothes strep throat pain?
- What antibiotics are prescribed to treat strep throat?
- What are potential complications of strep throat?
- How can I prevent contracting 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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