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Is strep throat ususally accompanied or preceded by a cold? Or does it just appear suddenly?

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Dr. Shah Chowdhury
Pediatrics
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In brief: STREP INFECTION:

Cold is caused by viruses, accompanied by: runny nose, sore throat, cough, fever, loss of appetite, etc.
Strep is rather abrupt onset of sore throat, fever, fowl breath, etc. Both are contagious, so you may hear the history as: there is strep contact at school, or there is virus going on around. In strep, because of inflammation/ infection in throat/tonsils, some cold like symptoms can be felt.

In brief: STREP INFECTION:

Cold is caused by viruses, accompanied by: runny nose, sore throat, cough, fever, loss of appetite, etc.
Strep is rather abrupt onset of sore throat, fever, fowl breath, etc. Both are contagious, so you may hear the history as: there is strep contact at school, or there is virus going on around. In strep, because of inflammation/ infection in throat/tonsils, some cold like symptoms can be felt.
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
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In brief: Strep throat doesn't

Need to be preceeded or accompanied by a viral illness/ upper respiratory infection/ common cold.

In brief: Strep throat doesn't

Need to be preceeded or accompanied by a viral illness/ upper respiratory infection/ common cold.
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