What is a strep throat?
Strep throat is a bacterial infection caused by a bacteria known as Group A streptococcus. Strep throat is highly contagious, especially among children. Common symptoms of strep throat include:
- A sudden sore throat
- Pain when swallowing
- Red tonsils with white spots
- Swollen lymph glands
- Headache/ body aches
Children between the ages of 5-15 are most at risk for this bacterial infection. However, adults who have school-age children or work with school-age children may experience infection.
Strep throat does not cause a cough. A sore throat that is accompanied by coughing usually indicates a viral infection that is not strep throat.
If left untreated, strep throat can lead to problems such as kidney irritation or rheumatic fever.