Strep

Throat

Bacterial Pharyngitis and Viral pharyngitis are the two most common causes of infectuous sore throat

Group A Streptococcus is the most common organism that causes bacterial pharyngitis, and is estimated to cause approximately 5 to 15 percent of cases in adults.

Adenovirus, rhinovirus, coronaviruses, influenza, RSV are among the leading causes of viral pharyngitis, accounting for approximately 25 to 45 percent of cases.

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Throat pain that happens suddenly

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Swollen lymph nodes (lymphadenopathy)

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White patches in the throat (tonsillar exudates)

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Swelling or redness in the back of the throat

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Fever

If you see white patches or dots in the back of your throat, it’s likely caused by Strep. Viral pharyngitis usually have other symptoms such as fatigue, nasal congestion, cough, sneezing, hoarseness, ear pain, sinus discomfort

Patients with bacterial infections are treated with oral antibiotics such as:

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Amoxicillin

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Augmentin

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Azithromycin

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Cefuroxime

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Cefdinir

  • And more  
  • Viral infections are often self-limiting and treated with over-the-counter drugs to help with some of the uncomfortable symptoms.

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