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Is It Strep? A List of Common Symptoms

It's that time of year again. A sore throat starts, followed quickly by a fever and the question comes to your mind as you watch your child become ill, "Is it strep throat?" Below we have listed some common symptoms to review. And as well be sure to call your health care provider with any questions. Keep them in the loop and come in for a strep swab test just in case!

Common Symptoms of Strep Throat

Sore Throat – The painful, sore, red and inflamed throat issues that come with strep are due to a bacterial infection. Most sore throats are due to viral infections which cannot be treated with antibiotics and fade within a few days, but strep is only one of several bacteria which require different antibiotics if infection is ongoing.

Swollen Glands – Swollen lymph nodes and inflamed tonsils also commonly cause pain in swallowing.

Fever – A mild to high fever of 100 Degrees Fahrenheit, accompanied by chills and night sweating sets the Strep Virus apart.

Mild Rash – Present particularly in small children or the elderly with weak immune systems.

Painful Swallowing – Making it hard to drink and take in adequate fluids to fight off the infection.

Headache – This symptom typically is the result of dehydration and further flu symptoms.

Muscle Pains – This overlaps with cold and flu virus symptoms, but can be present in Strep Throat as well.

White Patchy Throat – You may notice that the back of the throat appears swollen and red with white patches and visible pus spots along the tonsils.

If you have concerns that your child, or you for that matter!, are developing strep, be sure to call your health care provider with any questions. Keep them in the loop and come in for a strep swab test just in case!