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What is strep throat?

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Strep throat is an infection caused by group A Streptococcusbacteria. It can make your throat red, swollen, and sore. You can usually clear it up with antibiotics, but in rare instances, it can lead to more serious complications.

These can be related either to the infection itself or to the way your immune system responds.

Reviewed by Kumar Shital on September 16, 2020

Medically Reviewed on 9/16/2020

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Strep throat: Symptoms and causes,” “Strep throat: Treatment,” “Cellulitis.”

University of Michigan: “Strep Throat Complications.”

Medscape: “Group A Streptococcal Infections.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Group A Streptococcal Infections.”

Reviewed by Kumar Shital on September 16, 2020

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Strep throat: Symptoms and causes,” “Strep throat: Treatment,” “Cellulitis.”

University of Michigan: “Strep Throat Complications.”

Medscape: “Group A Streptococcal Infections.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Group A Streptococcal Infections.”

Reviewed by Kumar Shital on September 16, 2020

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