Having a sore throat can mean many different things. It is associated with common illnesses such as the common cold or the flu. Having a sore throat doesn’t always mean you have strep.
A sore throat can definitely be a sign of strep throat, caused by Group A Streptococcus (a bacteria) if it has other symptoms along with it. Try to get medical attention for your child as soon as you can so that they can identify what might be going on in your child’s body and treat it with care. Strep throat accounts for 20% of sore throats when there are no other cold symptoms, such as a runny nose.
Strep throat is not common under 3 years old. Therefore doctors usually will not do a strep throat swab to look for it as a cause of a sore throat.
Symptoms of Strep throat
- Pain in the throat
- Swollen lymph nodes
- White patches on the back of the throat
- Swallowing pain
- Tonsils are swollen
- Nausea and vomiting
- Abdominal pain
How can Strep throat be cured?
Strep throat is an infection caused by Group A Streptococcus. It is a bacterial infection and can be easily treated with the right antibiotics.
Taking antibiotics is the only way to treat strep and get rid of the bacteria causing it. Sometimes the symptoms of strep throat may go away on their own. However, it is still very important to take antibiotics in order to get rid of the bacteria because it can cause issues later after the initial infection, such as rheumatic fever and kidney problems.
There are also some home remedies that you can add to help relieve your child’s symptoms.
Other Ways to Improve Symptoms
- Lots of downtime for your child; focus on relaxation more
- Increase intake of water
- Increase your vitamin C intake
- Take over the counter medications, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen as needed for symptoms