2. Red, Swollen Tonsils

In some cases of strep throat, the infection may spread to the tonsils, causing redness and swelling in this area. White or yellowish spots and streaks of pus may also appear on the tonsils. In rare cases, red spots may also appear on the tissue surrounding the tonsils, including the hard or soft palate. These symptoms can often lead to strep throat being confused with tonsillitis at first glance. If there are any doubts, your doctor will likely order a strep test to check for the presence of the bacteria. If the test comes back positive, your doctor will start you on antibiotics right away to eradicate the infection.

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