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Health Tip: Is That Sore Throat Strep?

Health Tip: Is That Sore Throat Strep?


(HealthDay News) -- Strep throat is an infection caused by group A Streptococcusbacteria. Unlike a sore throat triggered by the common cold or air pollution, strep throat requires prompt medical treatment.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says warning signs of this dangerous infection include:

  • A sore throat that strikes quickly.
  • Severe pain when swallowing.
  • Fever, often of at least 101 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Red and swollen tonsils, often accompanied by white patches.
  • Small red spots on the roof of the mouth.
  • Headache.
  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Skin rash.
  • Body aches.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.


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