What is Strep Throat?

Strep throat is a contagious disease caused by infection with streptococcal bacteria. This bacteria can cause inflammation and swelling of the mucus membranes lining the back of the throat.

What Causes Step Throat?

Strep throat is caused by streptococcal infection that invades the pharynxgeal tissue and causes inflammatory reactions. Many people carry the Group A step in the throat or skin but show no signs or symptoms of the disease.

Doctor checking with depressor sore throat to teenage girl

What You Need to Know

According to the CDC, strep throat is much more common in children than in adults. And according to Dr. Gruezke of Rapid Urgent Care, it’s been going around. “You may have a sore throat as the first sign that something is wrong, but sometimes there are warning signs that can cause you to suspect strep and get to the doctor sooner.” said Dr. Gruezke.  The onset of symptoms is about 1-4 days after acquiring the infection. The sore throat often appears suddenly and is sometimes accompanied by fever, swollen lymph nodes or white patches on the tonsils. Other symptoms are a skin rash (scarlet fever), loss of appetite, nausea, or general discomfort.

How Long Do You Need to Stay Home?

As for how long to stay out of school or away from others, “You’re actually contagious only 24 hours after starting an antibiotic. So it’s definitely best to see your doctor ASAP if you think you or your child has strep throat, as it is easily cured with antibiotics. The sooner the better”

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