Table of Contents
- Strep throat definition and facts
- What is strep throat, and what causes strep throat?
- What are the common signs and symptoms of strep throat?
- What are other signs and symptoms of strep throat?
- Are the signs and symptoms of strep throat in infants and toddlers?
- How is strep throat spread, and is it contagious?
- What tests diagnose strep throat?
- How is strep throat treated?
- What natural and home remedies help soothe strep throat pain?
- What over-the-counter (OTC) medication soothes strep throat pain?
- What antibiotics are prescribed to treat strep throat?
- What are potential complications of strep throat?
- How can I prevent contracting strep throat?
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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.
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