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What are the symptoms of strep throat?

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A sore throat is the main sign. Colds and other viruses can also cause a sore throat. One way to tell the difference is that a virus will often cause a runny nose, too. With strep, the sore throat comes on quickly. Your throat feels raw, and it hurts to swallow. Strep is also more likely to cause these other symptoms as well:

  • A fever of 101 F or higher
  • Red, swollen tonsils
  • White patches in the throat
  • Tiny red spots on the roof of the mouth
  • Appetite loss
  • Stomachache
  • Headache
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Rash

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Strep Throat Diagnosis & Tests."

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Choking Prevention."

American Association for Clinical Chemistry: "Strep Throat Test."

CDC: "Is It Strep Throat?"

Cleveland Clinic: "Strep Throat."

Nemours Foundation: "Strep Throat."

PubMed Health: "Strep Throat," "Strep Throat: Treatments."

Seattle Children's Hospital: "Strep Throat."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on September 09, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Strep Throat Diagnosis & Tests."

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Choking Prevention."

American Association for Clinical Chemistry: "Strep Throat Test."

CDC: "Is It Strep Throat?"

Cleveland Clinic: "Strep Throat."

Nemours Foundation: "Strep Throat."

PubMed Health: "Strep Throat," "Strep Throat: Treatments."

Seattle Children's Hospital: "Strep Throat."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on September 09, 2018

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