What are the symptoms of strep throat?

Symptoms of strep throat can vary among individuals but generally include a sore throat. Not all people with strep throat will have a sore throat, especially early in the infection.

Common strep throat symptoms include:

  • Abdominal pain, especially in children

  • Bad breath and bad taste in the mouth

  • Difficulty swallowing

  • Flu-like symptoms (fatigue, fever, headache, cough, aches and pains)

  • Nausea and poor appetite

  • Sore throat

  • Swollen glands (lymph nodes) in the neck

  • Swollen tonsils and throat that appear cherry red

  • White patches or pockets of pus on the tonsils

Symptoms that might indicate a serious or life-threatening condition

In rare cases, strep throat can result in serious complications, such as acute glomerulonephritis,rheumatic fever, and peritonsillar abscess. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, your child, or someone you are with, have any of these symptoms:

  • Abnormal jerky movements

  • Change in level of consciousness or alertness, such as passing out or unresponsiveness

  • Change in mental status or sudden behavior change, such as confusion, delirium, lethargy, hallucinations or delusions

  • Chest pain, chest tightness, chest pressure, palpitations

  • Dark or bloody urine

  • High fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit)

  • Inability to swallow

  • Rash

  • Respiratory or breathing problems, such as shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, labored breathing, wheezing, not breathing, or choking


What is strep throat?

Strep throat is an infection of the throat caused by group A Streptococcus bacteria, which cause swelling and irritation (inflammation) of the throat and tonsils.

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What causes strep throat?

Strep throat is caused by an infection of the throat and tonsils by group A Streptococcus bacteria. Despite popular belief, strep throat, colds, and other types of upper respiratory infections are not caused by being wet or cold, although in some cases these conditions may lower the body’s resistance to bacterial and other types of infections.  

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How is strep throat treated?

Strep throat is treated with medication and measures aimed at relieving symptoms so that you are comfortable enough to get the rest you need to keep up your strength and recover without developing complications.

Treatment of strep throat includes:

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Annual Review Date: May 7, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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