Strep throat may not just cause inflammation in the lymphoid tissues of the throat, meaning the tonsils, but also those of the neck. Swollen lymph nodes of the neck suggest that the infection is severe and spreading rapidly. The neck region may be lumpy to the touch. Your doctor will be able to identify this symptom right away, as it is easily noticeable. Once treatment begins, this inflammation is likely to be one of the first symptoms to subside. If you notice swelling in the neck region alongside a sore throat or other symptoms, you should seek medical attention immediately. Don't try to self-medicate at this stage, as swollen lymph nodes indicate that advanced symptoms have already developed.
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