Strep Throat

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Strep throat is a bacterial infection that may cause a sore, scratchy throat. Dr. Ed Hill discusses this common and contagious ailment in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Strep throat is a bacterial throat infection caused by Group A streptococci bacteria. Symptoms include fever and inflammation of the throat or tonsils, causing a sudden, severe sore throat.

The most common symptoms of strep infection are sore throat, painful swallowing, fever over 101 degrees, swollen tonsils and lymph nodes, and white or yellow spots on the back of the throat. Strep infection may also cause headache and abdominal pain.

Sore throats are most often caused by a viral infection and not strep bacteria. The more cold-like symptoms you have, the less likely it is that your sore throat is a strep infection.

Strep throat is diagnosed with a physical examination, medical history and a rapid strep test. A throat culture is sometimes done to confirm the diagnosis.

If you have signs or symptoms of strep throat, see your health care provider for proper treatment. You will likely be prescribed an antibiotic, which can reduce the duration and severity of symptoms, as well as the risk of complications.

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