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Rare Symptoms of Strep Throat

There are several possible symptoms of strep throat, which typically improve within two to five days. These symptoms may include fever, a painful and red throat that begins suddenly, and tender or swollen lymph glands in the neck.
In general, rare symptoms of strep throat would include a cough, runny nose, pink eye, or a sore throat lasting more than a week. These symptoms are more common with a sore throat caused by a virus.
Some other possible symptoms of strep throat may include:
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • White patches of pus on the tonsils or in the throat
  • Headaches.
The challenge in diagnosing strep throat in infants and young children is that they often do not have the classic symptoms of strep throat. Instead, they have more uncharacteristic symptoms. For example, infants younger than one year of age may have:
  • Low-grade fever -- less than or equal to 101ºF (38.3ºC)
  • Decreased appetite
  • Fussiness.
(Click Strep Throat Symptoms for a closer look at the common and rare symptoms of this throat infection. This article outlines specific symptoms of strep in adults, children, and infants.)
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