Worried your sore throat may be strep throat? Doctors can do a quick test to see if a sore throat is strep throat. If so, antibiotics can help you feel better faster and prevent spreading it to others. Viruses are the most common cause of a sore throat.
We include products we think are useful for our readers. If you buy through links on this page, we may earn a small commission. Strep throat is a bacterial infection that causes inflammation and pain in the throat. This common condition is caused by group A Streptococcus bacteria. Strep throat can affect children and adults of all ages.
Streptococcal pharyngitis , also known as strep throat , is an infection of the back of the throat including the tonsils caused by group A streptococcus GAS. Strep throat is spread by respiratory droplets from an infected person. Prevention is by washing hands and not sharing eating utensils.
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