Strep throat is a bacterial infection that causes a sudden, severe sore throat and fever. Strep throat, which is caused by bacteria called streptococcus, is treated with antibiotics. A strep test is usually necessary to tell if the sore throat is caused by strep bacteria. Treatment can help ease symptoms and may prevent future problems. Strep throat can spread to others until 24 hours after you begin taking antibiotics.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: May 12, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
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