Strep throat (streptococcal pharyngitis) is an infection that occurs in the back of the throat and the tonsils. It is caused by group A streptococcus. Infected persons often develop a dry or itchy throat, making it painful to swallow. Strep throat is particularly common in children aged 5 to 15, but adults are susceptible as well. The bacteria that causes strep throat is highly infectious and infections are most likely to occur in late winter and early spring.

Strep throat can also cause several flu-like symptoms, including fever, chills, nausea, and vomiting. These symptoms often mislead strep throat sufferers into believing they really have the flu. However, if you’re experiencing swelling or redness, or see white patches or dots in the back of your throat, it’s likely to be strep.

Seeking medical treatment for strep throat will help you find relief quickly. We treat strep throat with oral antibiotics such as Amoxicillin, Augmentin, Azithromycin, Ceftin and more. To see more about what we prescribe, review the treatment section below.

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Throat pain that develops suddenly

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Painful or swollen lymph nodes

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Swelling or redness in the back of the throat

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

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Viral infections are often self-limiting and treated with over-the-counter drugs to help with some of the uncomfortable symptoms. If you’re worried you may have strep throat, you should not hesitate to take action.

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Yes. Some people get strep throat repeatedly. You do not become immune to strep throat after recovering from an infection.
Yes, although people who are displaying symptoms of infection are more likely to spread the bacteria. Infected people can be contagious 48 hours before symptoms present.
Strep throat patients generally need to take prescribed antibiotics for at least 24 hours before ceasing to be contagious to others. You may need to take antibiotics for up to ten days to ensure complete recovery. Be sure to follow the full treatment plan given to you by your strep throat online doctor.
Yes. However, a tonsillectomy (removal of the tonsils) can reduce the incidence of strep throat, and this procedure is sometimes recommended for children who get repeated infections.
A strep infection is caused by bacteria (specifically group A streptococcus), but most cases of sore throat are caused by a viral infection. If your throat is sore, it most likely isn’t caused by a group A streptococcus infection. You should look for symptoms specific to strep throat infections.
If you have a cough, nasal discharge, or red eyes, it's likely you have a viral sore throat, not strep throat. If you’re not certain, contact CallonDoc for help in getting a screening diagnosis.
Aspirin can be used by adults for pain relief but is not recommended for use by children.
Frequently washing your hands and avoiding close contact with symptomatic individuals can sharply reduce the risk of getting strep throat.
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