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Frequently Asked Questions About Strep Throat

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  • Strep throat can be painful, and comes with hallmark symptoms such as difficulty swallowing, red and swollen tonsils with white spots or pus streaks, swollen and tender lymph nodes and tiny red spots on the soft or hard palate of the mouth
  • Pregnant women aren’t spared from strep throat and its symptoms, but they can recover from the disease quickly by utilizing natural treatment remedies for strep throat, which are better options than over-the-counter medications

Q: What does strep throat feel like?

A: Strep throat can be painful, and comes with hallmark symptoms such as difficulty swallowing, red and swollen tonsils with white spots or pus streaks, swollen and tender lymph nodes and tiny red spots on the soft or hard palate of the mouth.1

Incidences of sore throat are also common. However, this doesn’t mean that strep throat and sore throat are the same, since there are key differences between these two diseases.

Q: What is recurring strep throat?

A: As the name implies, recurring strep throat occurs when the disease hasn’t completely healed after medication or treatment. Cases of recurring strep throat often happen in a year. This condition is usually caused by antibiotic resistance, a weak immune system or exposure to strep throat-causing bacteria.2

Q: Is strep throat airborne?

A: There may be instances wherein strep throat is airborne. Bacteria that cause strep throat spread when there is close contact with saliva droplets, nasal secretions or the breath of a person with strep throat.3,4

Aside from airborne transmission, you can get strep throat if you share contaminated items or touch skin with traces of bacteria on it.5,6

Q: What bacteria strain causes strep throat?

A: The bacteria strain responsible for strep throat is the Group A streptococcus (GAS) strain. This causes an infection in the body, invades the pharyngeal tissue and triggers a localized inflammatory reaction in the throat and tonsils.7

Q: Do rashes and white spots appear if you have strep throat?

A: Yes. The appearances of rashes on the body and white spots on the tonsils may be symptoms of strep throat.8

Q: Can you experience strep throat without a fever?

A: Even if you don’t have a fever, you might still be affected with strep throat, since fever is only one of the many signs of strep throat. You may experience other indicators like swollen lymph nodes; a sore, red and white patch-lined throat; headaches; chills; body aches and loss of appetite as well.9,10

Q: Can you have strep throat while pregnant?

A: Unfortunately, pregnant women aren’t spared from strep throat and its symptoms.11 But they can recover from the disease quickly by utilizing natural treatment remedies for strep throat, which are better options than over-the-counter medications.

Q: Can babies get strep throat?

A: Yes, infants can be diagnosed with strep throat. Common indicators include feeding less frequently, appearing irritable and fussy, and having nasal discharge and a low-grade fever.

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Strep Throat Causes

How Do You Get Strep Throat

Strep Throat Without Tonsils

Strep Throat Duration

Strep Throat vs Sore Throat

Strep Throat Treatment

Strep Throat Prevention

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Sources and References

  • 1, 8, 10 Mayo Clinic Staff, “Strep throat: Symptoms and Causes,” December 16, 2015
  • 2 “Recurring Strep Throat,” New Health Advisor
  • 3 Doerr and Davis, “Strep Throat (cont.): Is Strep Throat Contagious?” EMedicineHealth, February 12, 2016
  • 4 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,“GAS Frequently Asked Questions,” May 1, 2014
  • 5 Davis and Shiel, “Is Strep Throat Contagious?” MedicineNet, January 7, 2015
  • 6 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,“Is It Strep Throat?” October 19, 2015
  • 7 Doerr and Davis, "Strep Throat: Strep Throat Definition," Emedicinehealth
  • 9 Higuera and Weatherspoon, “Strep Throat,” Healthline, January 27, 2016
  • 11 Timmons and Weber, “Strep Throat While Pregnant: Symptoms and Treatment,” Healthline, August 1, 2016
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