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What is Strep Throat?

What are the symptoms? What are the treatments?


An infectious sore throat caused by a group of bacteria called streptococcus A (strep for short). This type of infection is very common and is thought to account for roughly a quarter of all cases of sore throat.

You catch strep throat in the same way as a cough or cold by inhaling droplets of infected saliva that are carried on the air from people sneezing and coughing.

What are the symptoms of Strep throat?

Symptoms include a sore throat, made worse on swallowing; swollen glands in the neck and swollen tonsils. You might also have a fever (temperature of 100°F or above) and may feel generally unwell.

What are the treatments and remedies of Strep throat?

Most sore throats get better without treatment other than over-the-counter preparations and paracetamol. If you have a vulnerable or weakened immune system or heart disease, you might be prescribed an antibiotic such as penicillin.

Self-help includes drinking plenty of cool fluids to flush the bacteria out of your system and to ease the soreness. You might find it soothing to eat cool, smooth foods like chilled yogurt or ice cream, or to suck on ice cubes.

Gargling with warm, salty water several times a day can also help to relieve soreness.

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This article is not meant to substitute medical advice provided by a practicing medical professional - if you have any concerns, contact your physician immediately.

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