Strep Throat

Strep throat is caused by Group A streptococcus bacteria.  This bacteria can live in your mouth or nose.  Strep can be spread by sharing drinking glasses or utensils with someone who has strep or by coming in contact with droplets from an infected person’s cough or sneeze.

Symptoms

• Fever-over 101 degrees

• Sore throat

• Pain when swallowing

• Swollen/tender lymph nodes in the neck

• Red, swollen tonsils (sometimes white spots will be visible)

Strep is detected by your health care provider, they will swab your tonsils.  If you have strep, it is treated with antibiotics.  It is important to take the entire course of antibiotics even if you feel better.

Resources

http://www.cdc.gov/features/StrepThroat/