What’s going around?: Strep throat symptoms to be aware of

MORNING. I’M JOINED NOW BY OUR KSNT DOCTOR ON CALL “DOCTOR TIM BORCHERS” WHO’S HERE TO TELL US WHAT’S GOING AROUND? Strep throat is a bacterial infection that can make your throat feel sore and scratchy. Strep throat accounts for only a small portion of sore throats. If untreated, strep throat can cause complications, such as kidney inflammation or rheumatic fever. Rheumatic fever can lead to painful and inflamed joints, a specific type of rash or heart valve damage. Strep throat is most common in children, but it affects people of all ages. If you or your child has signs or symptoms of strep throat, see your doctor for prompt testing and treatment. Strep throat infection Signs and symptoms of strep throat can include: Throat pain that usually comes on quickly Painful swallowing Red and swollen tonsils, sometimes with white patches or streaks of pus Tiny red spots on the area at the back of the roof of the mouth Swollen, tender lymph nodes in your neck Fever Headache Rash Nausea or vomiting, especially in younger children Body aches It’s possible for you or your child to have many of these signs and symptoms but not have strep throat. The cause of these signs and symptoms could be a viral infection or some other illness. That’s why your doctor generally tests specifically for strep throat. It’s also possible for you to be exposed to a person who carries strep but shows no symptoms. When to see a doctor Call your doctor if you or your child has any of these signs and symptoms: A sore throat accompanied by tender, swollen lymph glands A sore throat that lasts longer than 48 hours A fever higher than 101 F in older children, or fever lasting longer than 48 hours A sore throat accompanied by a rash Problems breathing or swallowing If strep has been diagnosed, a lack of improvement after taking antibiotics for 48 hoursAN UPPER TROUGH OVER THE

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