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what are the strep vs other sore throat symptoms?

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Dr. Jeffrey Juchau
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Positive Strep Test: Strep throat usually occurs rapidly with severe achiness, swollen tonsils, puss on the tonsils, swollen lymph nodes in the neck and fevers < 101. There is usually no runny nose, congestion, cough, nausea or vomiting. Sometimes the patient's throat is so sore they can almost not swallow. A regular sore throat is milder with runny nose, cough, lower fever and less achiness. A strep test/culture is +.
Dr. BERT W WINTERHOLLER
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 44 years experience
Throat culture strep: Strep throat is characterized by intensely sore multiple circular or ovoid ulcerations of the lining of the throat and/or tonsils that may or may not coalesce into larger erosive ulcerations. Swallowing food, liquids and even saliva is excruciatingly painful. Because it is a bacterial infection is is almost always accompanied by a fever greater than 101 degrees, malaise and loss of appetite.

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A 18-year-old female asked about a 9-year-old female:

If you have white spots and a sore throat but no other symptoms, is there a time frame symptoms will start to show or is it something other than strep?

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Dr. Susan Rhoads
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Strep throat.: Strep throat can occur with only a few symptoms. So please get checked, because if you don't treat strep you can have serious complications, including rheumatic heart disease.

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