What is strep throat?
Strep throat is a bacterial infection that primarily affects the neck and throat. It’s common among children and is contagious.
What causes strep throat?
The group A streptococcus bacteria is the cause of strep throat. People can develop the disease by being exposed to fluids or saliva from an infected person through coughs, sneezes or contaminated surfaces.
What are the symptoms of strep throat?
A sore throat, pain when swallowing and a tender neck are the telltale signs of strep throat. People may also get a fever, chills, a headache or nausea.
What are strep throat care options?
Antibiotics can typically cure strep throat within a few days. Warm liquids, gargling with warm salt water, breathing humidified air, over-the-counter pain relievers and throat lozenges are all viable strategies to help with symptoms of strep throat.
Reviewed by: Yamilet Tirado, MD
This page was last updated on: 3/23/2018 2:14:05 PM
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Dr. Yamilet Tirado is employed by Pediatric Specialists of America (PSA), the physician-led multispecialty group practice of Nicklaus Children’s Health System. She is a pediatric otolaryngologist/ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist within the Division of Otolaryngology and sees patients at Nicklaus Children's Hospital and the Nicklaus Children's Aventura Care Center.
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