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What causes strep throat?

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A variety of things -- including overuse, a common cold, a serious virus, or allergies – can cause a sore throat. Another culprit, especially in children and young adults, is the bacteria that creates strep throat. group A Streptococcus) is the formal name of the bacterium. Streptococcuspyogenes ( 

From: What Are the Symptoms of Strep Throat? WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Louise Chang on September 9, 2018

Medically Reviewed on 9/9/2018

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Reviewed by Louise Chang on September 9, 2018

SOURCES:

MedlinePlus.gov: “Sore Throat.”

KidsHealth.org (Nemours Children’s Health System): “Strep Throat.”

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control: “Streptococcal pharyngitis (strep throat).”

Cleveland Clinic: “Diseases & Conditions: Strep Throat.”

Centers for Disease Control and Infection: “Is It Strep Throat?”

“Antibiotics Aren’t Always the Answer,”  “Scarlet Fever: A Group A Streptococcal Infection,” “Group B Strep Infection in Adults.”

American Family Physician : “Common Questions about Streptococcal Pharyngitis.”

Clinical Infectious Diseases : “Clinical Practice Guideline for the Diagnosis and Management of Group A Streptococcal Pharyngitis: 2012 Update by the Infectious Diseases Society of America.”

American Academy of Pediatrics (healthychildren.org): “When to Call the Pediatrician: Fever.”

Mayo Clinic: “Diseases & Conditions: Strep throat,” “Diseases & Conditions: Mononucleosis.”

PubMedHealth (National Center for Biotechnology Information): “Strep Throat: Symptoms.”

American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery: “Tonsils and Adenoids.”

FamilyDoctor.org: “Strep Throat: Symptoms.”

University of Michigan Health System: “Swollen Lymph Nodes.”

Reviewed by Louise Chang on September 9, 2018

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