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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.

Understanding Strep Throat

If your throat is sore, you're running a high fever, and you have no energy -- you may have strep throat. Here's what you should know.

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.

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Reviewed by Daniel Brennan, MD on March 12, 2014

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Only 18.5% of Americans never floss. You are missing out on a simple way to make a big difference in the health of your mouth. Regardless of how well you brush, plaque still forms between your teeth and along your gums. Floss removes food trapped between the teeth and removes the film of bacteria that forms there before it turns to plaque, which can cause inflamed gums (gingivitis), cavities, and tooth loss. Try flossing just one tooth to get started.

You are one of 31% of Americans who don't floss daily. You are missing out on a simple way to make a big difference in the health of your mouth. Regardless of how well you brush, plaque still forms between your teeth and along your gums. Toothbrush bristles alone cannot clean effectively between these tight spaces. Flossing removes up to 80% of the film that hardens to plaque, which can cause inflamed gums (gingivitis), cavities, and tooth loss. Aim for 3 more days!

You are one of 31% of Americans who don't floss daily, but you're well on your way to making a positive impact on your teeth and gums. Regardless of how well you brush, plaque still forms between your teeth and along your gums. Toothbrush bristles alone cannot clean effectively between these tight spaces. Flossing removes up to 80% of the film that hardens to plaque, which can cause inflamed gums (gingivitis), cavities, and tooth loss. Aim for all 7 days!

Only 50.5% of Americans floss daily, and good for you that you are one of them! Regardless of how well you brush, plaque still forms between your teeth and along your gums. Toothbrush bristles alone cannot clean effectively between these tight spaces. Flossing removes up to 80% of the film that hardens to plaque, which can cause inflamed gums (gingivitis), cavities, and tooth loss. Congratulations on your good oral health habit!

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American Dental Association, Healthy People 2010

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