Although strep throat most often affects children, it is possible to have this throat infection as an adult. Strep throat occurs in up to 10 percent of adults who seek medical care for a sore throat. Symptoms can include a sudden sore throat, fever, and white patches on the tonsils or in the throat. Penicillin is the antibiotic of choice for treating adults with this throat infection.
Adults With Strep Throat -- An Overview
Strep throat is a type of throat infection caused by bacteria. Although it most often occurs in children between the ages of 5 and 15, it can also affect adults and younger children. Strep throat is most frequently diagnosed during the late fall, winter, and early spring.
Up to 10 percent of adults who seek medical care for a sore throat are diagnosed with strep throat. Although common, strep throat is not the most likely reason for a sore throat. Up to 50 percent of sore throats in adults are caused by an infection with a virus.
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