February 12, 2016

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Strep Throat

Are the signs and symptoms of strep throat different in various age groups?

The information listed above is seen in those most likely to have a strep throat infection - individuals that are older children and teenagers. However, other age groups may experience a different constellation of findings with a strep throat infection.

  • Infants: more commonly have a thick purulent nasal discharge, low grade fever (< 101 F [38.33 C]), reduction in appetite and fussiness.
  • Toddlers: children from one to three years of age may complain of a sore throat, have pain with swallowing and subsequently a limited appetite, and swollen lymph nodes (lymph glands) beneath the mandible (lower jaw bone).
  • Adults: strep throat may have milder symptoms and thus may not prompt a medical evaluation unless an exposure history to strep throat is known. Continue Reading
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