Strep Throat 1

Friday, September 16, 2016

Strep throat is a bacterial infection that may cause a sore, scratchy throat. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about this condition in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Strep throat is an infection caused by bacteria. It is most common in children three to 15 years of age.

You may have a high fever and a sore, red throat with white or yellow spots inside. You may also have swollen lymph nodes on your neck and under your jaw. If you have a cough, red eyes, and runny nose, strep throat is less likely.

Strep throat usually gets better by itself in about three to five days. Antibiotics can help keep you from spreading it to other people and can prevent some rare complications. If you take antibiotics, you may feel better about one day sooner than if you didnt take them.

Call your doctor if your symptoms dont start to get better within three days. If you get a rash or have trouble breathing after taking antibiotics, call your doctor right away. Sometimes a different antibiotic is needed, or you may have an infection other than strep throat.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.