(HealthDay News) -- Strep throat is an infection caused by group A Streptococcus bacteria. Unlike a sore throat triggered by the common cold or air pollution, strep throat requires prompt medical treatment.
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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says warning signs of this dangerous infection include:
- A sore throat that strikes quickly.
- Severe pain when swallowing.
- Fever, often of at least 101 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Red and swollen tonsils, often accompanied by white patches.
- Small red spots on the roof of the mouth.
- Nausea and vomiting.
- Skin rash.
- Body aches.
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