Strep Throat Diagnosis & Treatment

By Frederick Hecht, M.D. and Barbara K. Hecht, Ph.D.
Medical Authors and Editors,

Sore Throat

Most sore throats (pharyngitis)are viral and will not respond to antibiotics. Bacterial causes of sore throat include group A streptococcus. The complications of strep throat include rheumatic fever, ear infections, mastoiditis, sinusitis, peritonsillar abscess, glomerulonephritis (a kidney disorder), and scarlet fever.

The medical challenges presented by a sore throat arenot to treat the many that are viral, but tofindthe few that are strep throats and treat them promptly andeffectively.