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?
Strep throat definition and facts
- Strep throat is a type of infection caused by group A Streptococcus bacteria that results in a sore, inflamed throat.
- Most sore throats are caused by viruses, not strep bacteria.
- Symptoms of strep throat in adults, middle-aged children, and adolescents include:
- Symptoms of strep throat in infants and toddlers may also include a thick nasal discharge, reduced appetite, fussiness, and swollen lymph nodes.
- Symptoms associated with an upper respiratory infection (a "cold"), such as nasal congestion, muscle aches and oral blisters, are typically absent with strep throat.
- Strep throat is highly contagious and is usually spread through direct person-to-person contact.
- The diagnosis of strep throat is established either via a rapid strep test (RADT) or a throat culture.
- Strep throat is cured with antibiotic therapy.
- While rare, there are several complications that may develop from a strep throat infection.
1/11Reviewed on 10/12/2016