How can one tell the difference between a sore throat from the common cold and a sore throat from strep throat?

Culture. The best way to tell if a sore throat is strep is with a strep culture. Rapid strep tests also give good answers in the office, but strep culture remains the gold standard. Your doctor may treat you without a test if the symptoms warrant, or do a rapid strep test or culture if it isn't clear. Symptoms suggesting strep include fever, pus on the tonsils, painful lymph nodes, and exposure to strep.
Culture. Have a culture done. See your md to prescribe a culture.
Strep screen. A rapid strep screen test is the best way an is extremely reliable. C ur pcp & get it done 2 b sure.

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What is the difference between a strep throat & a regular sore throat?

Germ & consequence. Group a streptococcus is the agent causing strep throat while a multitude of viruses can cause an otherwise sore throat. Both will get better within a few days without treatment. However, the untreated strep may result in heart, kidney or central nervous system problems if not treated within the first 9 days.Symptoms may be identical at the beginning. Read more...

Differences between strep throat and regular sore throat? How can you tell? I don’t like to run to the doctor for every little thing, and i’ve never gone just for a sore throat. But my daughter recently had strep throat, and now i’m wondering how I would

A . A sore throat can be caused by infection (bacterial or virus) or also commonly caused by allergies. Allergies cause something called post nasal drip. Mucous from your nose created by allergies runs from your nose down into your throat and causes irritation or pain. This is usually improved with anti-histamines or benadryl (diphenhydramine). The fact that your daughter has recently had strep throat leads me to believe you are at high risk. Your doctor can perform a simple test in the office, called a rapid strep test, you will know within a matter of minutes if you have strep throat or not. Aprropriate treatment can then be initiated. Running to your doctor for a sore throat is not a "little thing". Strep throat, if left untreated can cause multiple complications, so treatment is paramount. Read more...
Test. If you suspect you got strep throat from your daughter you need to be treated, so see a physician for test and rx. Generally, without strep exposure, try zinc lozenges for 24 hrs and most viral sore throats will improve. Read more...

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.

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. Read more...

Could a sore throat turn into strep throat in one day?

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How can I tell if I have a sore throat or strep throat?

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How do you tell if you have strep throat vs sore throat?

See below. Most sore throats are viral pharyngitis. Fever, severe throat pain, an exudate(pus) on your pharynx or tonsils or enlarged lymph nodes near the angle of your jaws suggests the need for a rapid strep throat test. Viral pharyngitis should resolve without treatment in a few days. Take some over the counter throat lozenges and tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain relief. Read more...