Strep Throat

  • Medical Author:
    John Mersch, MD, FAAP

    Dr. Mersch received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, San Diego, and prior to entering the University Of Southern California School Of Medicine, was a graduate student (attaining PhD candidate status) in Experimental Pathology at USC. He attended internship and residency at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

  • Medical Editor: Steven Doerr, MD
    Steven Doerr, MD

    Steven Doerr, MD

    Steven Doerr, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Emergency Medicine Physician. Dr. Doerr received his undergraduate degree in Spanish from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He graduated with his Medical Degree from the University Of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, Colorado in 1998 and completed his residency training in Emergency Medicine from Denver Health Medical Center in Denver, Colorado in 2002, where he also served as Chief Resident.

Quick GuideSore Throat or Strep Throat? How to Tell the Difference

Sore Throat or Strep Throat? How to Tell the Difference

What is strep throat, and what causes strep throat?

Strep throat is a bacterial infection of the soft palate and tonsillar region. Microbiologists identify the member of the Streptococcus bacterial family that causes strep throat as "GAS" (Group A, beta hemolytic, Streptococcus pyogenes).

Who gets strep throat?

Strep throat is most common in young children and adolescents, but it can also occur in toddlers and adults. Strep throat is highly contagious and it is present most commonly in the community during the winter months. Symptoms and physical signs of strep throat may vary depending upon the age of the person infected.

Reviewed on 10/12/2016
References
REFERENCES:

American Pregnancy Association. "Strep Throat During Pregnancy."
<http://americanpregnancy.org/pregnancy-complications/strep-throat-during-pregnancy/>

Schmitt, B.D., MD. "Strep Throat Exposure." Seattle Children's Hospital Research Foundation.
<http://www.seattlechildrens.org/medical-conditions/symptom-index/strep-exposure/>

Stead, W., MD. "Patient education: Sore throat in adults (Beyond the Basics)." UpToDate. Updated: May 31, 2016.
<https://www.uptodate.com/contents/sore-throat-in-adults-beyond-the-basics> IMAGES:

1.1.Getty Images

2.iStock

3.iStock

4.Medscape

5.Getty Images

6.iStock

7.iStock

8.Getty Images

9.iStock

10.iStock

11.Getty Images

12.iStock

13.iStock

14.iStock



2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

9.

10.

11.

Subscribe to MedicineNet's Newsletters

Get the latest health and medical information delivered direct to your inbox!

By clicking Submit, I agree to the MedicineNet's Terms & Conditions & Privacy Policy and understand that I may opt out of MedicineNet's subscriptions at any time.

Health Solutions From Our Sponsors