Kids Channel
Related Channels

Strep Infection Throat

Caused by specific bacteria called group A streptococcus, strep is a throat infection that is contagious and can affect anyone. However, it typically affects children between the ages of 5 and 15.
It most often occurs during the late fall, winter, and early spring. Because there is not one particular sign or symptom that specifically points to strep throat, a healthcare provider will seek specific information on the symptoms you are experiencing. For instance, strep throat usually includes at least two of these four symptoms:
  • A red and painful throat that begins suddenly
  • A fever above 101ºF (38.3ºC)
  • Red and enlarged tonsils -- there may also be white patches of pus on the tonsils or in the throat
  • Tender or swollen lymph glands in the neck.
Penicillin is typically the antibiotic of choice for treating strep throat. After 24 hours of starting antibiotics, a person's temperature should drop, and he or she is no longer considered contagious. After two or three days, other symptoms of strep throat should start to improve.
(Click Strep Throat for a more in-depth look at this throat infection. This article provides a complete overview, including details on what causes it, possible symptoms, and common treatment options.)
6 Quick Tips for Getting Kids to Take Medicine
Referring Pages:
Terms of Use
Advertise with Us
Contact Us
About eMedTV
Privacy Policy
Copyright © 2006-2018 Clinaero, Inc.
eMedTV serves only as an informational resource. This site does not dispense medical advice or advice of any kind. Site users seeking medical advice about their specific situation should consult with their own physician. Click Terms of Use for more information.