How do you know you have “strep throat” and not just a viral throat infection?

December 4, 2017 |

A diagram showing a healthy mouth on one side and a mouth with strep throat on the other

Common signs of strep throat are a sudden onset of pain when swallowing, red and swollen tonsils (often with white patches or streaks), rash, fever, swollen lymph nodes in neck, nausea, and headaches. It is important to know the differences between strep and a common cold virus as oftentimes, a cold can cause most of the same symptoms. If you or your child experiences a sore throat for longer than 48 hours, a fever higher than 101 degrees, or problems swallowing or breathing, it is important to seek medical attention to get the proper testing done to rule out strep throat. Strep is a bacterial infection most commonly seen in children that, if left untreated, can cause complications including kidney infections or rheumatic fever. It is important around this time of year to wash your hands properly and frequently, cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing, and do not share eating utensils or drinking glasses.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms and believe you may have strep, come in to Michigan ENT & Allergy to get tested today so you too can enjoy this holiday season.


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