Strep Throat Symptoms
What are the Symptoms and Signs of Strep Throat?
Throat infection with strep bacteria is contagious and can cause a variety of symptoms associated with inflammation of the throat and its nearby structures. Symptoms usually begin within a few days (1-4 days) after contracting the infection (incubation period).
Typical signs of strep throat infection are:
- swollen, tender lymph nodes on the sides of the neck;
- white patches seen on the tonsils and throat.
Some other more non-specific signs and symptoms of strep throat which can also be seen in strep throat due to other causes are:
- sudden onset of sore throat,
- odynophagia (painful swallowing),
- nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain,
- red, swollen soft palate (uvula), and/or
- rash (diffuse red patchy rash).