Strep Throat

Author: Andrew Hannegan, X-Ray/MA

Strep throat is a bacterial infection which causes inflammation and pain in the throat. This can make your throat feel sore and create difficulties in swallowing. The cause of strep throat is bacteria known as Streptococcus pyogenes which is also known as group A streptococcus. Strep bacteria are airborne and can spread when someone with the infection sneezes or coughs and it may also spread through foods and drinks.

Symptoms of strep throat:

  • Throat pain
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • White patches on tonsils
  • Rash
  • Body aches

Strep throat is a common condition in children, but it also affects people of all ages. It is important to treat strep throat. If untreated strep throat can cause complications such as kidney inflammation of rheumatic fever. Rheumatic fever can lead to inflamed joints. If you are diagnosed with strep you will need antibiotics to treat the infection. You may also try home remedies. Drinking warm liquids such as tea, lemon water and using a humidifier will also help.

To prevent strep infection, you must clean your hands properly using soap and water. Don’t share drinking glasses or utensils and don’t forget to wash dishes. Finally, cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. All these steps can help you and your children from getting strep throat.

The information provided is for general interest only and should not be misconstrued as a diagnosis, prognosis, or treatment recommendation. This information does not in any way constitute the practice of medicine, or any other health care profession. Readers are directed to consult their health care provider regarding their specific health situation. Marque Medical is not liable for any action taken by a reader based upon this information.

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