STREP THROAT (streptococcal Infection)

STREP throat is a bacterial infection that often cause sore throat. There are other causes of sore throat so it is important we distinguish these causes for adequate treatment.


Strep Throat Criteria:

  1. Throat pain that comes on suddenly and quickly. Often painful to swallow, and even speak
  2. The back of the throat appears red, swollen and sometimes have deposits of white pus.
  3. High fever, often 101 F or higher
  4. Painful small balls (nodules) along the front and sides of the neck

Our Treatment:  Amoxicillin, Augmentin or Azithromycin.

If you want to know for sure which one you have, look into a mirror and say, “AHH.” What you are looking for is redness and white spots in the back of the throat. This is a big difference between the flu and strep throat. 

Cough and runny nose are NOT commonly related to STREP throat. However, it is possible to have a strep throat infection along with the flu.

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