Understanding Strep Throat -- Symptoms

What Are the Symptoms of Strep Throat?

The symptoms of strep throat include:

  • Sore throat that comes on rapidly
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Headaches
  • Fever, sometimes greater than 102 degrees Fahrenheit
  • A raw, red appearance to the back of the throat
  • White pus on tonsils
  • Tender, high lymph nodes in neck
  • Abdominal pain
  • Rash
  • Absence of a cough, stuffy nose, or other upper-respiratory symptoms

Although by definition strep throat is caused by the Streptococcus pyogenes bacteria, other bacteria, such as neisseria, can occasionally invade the throat and cause similar symptoms.

Stress, overwork, exhaustion, and fighting off viral infections can weaken the body's defenses and set up attacks of strep throat. And like other throat infections, strep throat also tends to occur during the colder months.

People develop strep throat when their immune system is not functioning at its peak. Because strep is contagious, treatment is critical since these bacteria can be spread to others by coughing, sneezing, or touching.

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Daniel Brennan, MD on March 12, 2014



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