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A 26-year-old male asked:

How to tell a cold from strep throat? do you always have a fever with strep? will there be white patches on throat? i have a cough and sore throat.

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Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 12 years experience
See a physician: 26 year old male with sore throat and cough. Most cases of sore throat are viral, whereas strep is a bacterial cause of sore throat. It is hard to tell the difference at home. Even physicians have a difficult time distinguishing between strep and viral infection based on history alone. Please see a primary care physician for a thorough physical exam and also a strep test for a definitive diagnosis

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Last updated Nov 3, 2016

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