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Do you have a wicked sore throat?

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While it may not be uncommon this time of year, Strep Throat is never welcome in anyone’s home.

Besides leading to serious complications if left untreated, a person with Strep can remain contagious for upwards of three weeks!

Last week, cases of Strep increased in adults and children, with the little ones showing an 83% jump.

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A Strep infection is easily spread by person-to-person contact with nasal secretions or saliva. It usually takes 2 to 5 days after being exposed to the bacteria for symptoms of Strep to appear.​

Symptoms begin suddenly. The sore throat can range from mild to severe and may be accompanied by other symptoms including:​

• Fever
• Difficulty swallowing
• General discomfort or ill feeling
• Loss of appetite
• Tender, swollen lymph nodes in the neck
• Stomachache
• Nausea
• Chills
• Headache
• Red throat, sometimes with white patches

How do you know if your sore throat is doctor visit-worthy? According to the CDC, you should seek medical care if you or your child experiences any of these symptoms:

• A sore throat that lasts longer than 1 week
• Difficulty swallowing or breathing
• Temperature higher than 100.4° F
• Rash
• Hoarseness for more than 2 weeks
• Blood in saliva or phlegm
• Symptoms of dehydration
• Recurring sore throats

Only a physician can diagnose Strep by examining you and conducting tests. Treatment with antibiotics not only clears the infection, but also helps to reduce complications.