Strep throat is an infectious disease caused by streptococcal bacteria that can cause inflammation and infection in the membranes lining the back of the throat and the tonsils. It’s important to rapidly treat strep throat to adequately treat its symptoms before they progress. This infection is especially worrying among school-aged children and teens, and approximately 40% of sore throats are caused by strep throat.
Those who acquire strep throat will normally start to develop symptoms a few days after the initial infection, but it’s important to rule out other causes before making a diagnosis. Some of the more common symptoms can include fever, sore throat, and inflamed tonsils. These symptoms may also be accompanied by a headache, nausea or vomiting, and even skin rash. Treatment includes antibiotics and soothing liquids to help reduce pain. It’s also recommended to get enough rest as well as a constant liquid intake to ensure sufficient hydration.
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