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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.

From: What Problems Can Strep Throat Cause? WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Louise Chang on September 9, 2018

Medically Reviewed on 9/9/2018

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 Louise Chang on September 9, 2018

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 Louise Chang on September 9, 2018

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