I have fever, a little bit, with scratchy throat. How can I tell a cold from a strep throat?

May be difficult. Initially, it may be very difficult. A strep throat however, is often accompanied by a headache and/or abdominal pain, as well as a fairly severe headache as well as a progressively severe sore throat that will make even swallowing difficult. Some affected people may also develop a rash--often described as feeling like sandpaper--that is particularly prominent in skin folds, such as the elbow.
Bacterial Infection. Strep tonsillitis symptoms are fever, sore throat, headache, chills and bodyaches whereas colds is viral with nasal congestion as the prominent symptoms .
See your doctor. Flue- like symptoms needs to be seen by health provider, sorethroat with bacterial infection needs to be treated with antibiotics to avoid complications, .

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I has strep throat about a month and a half ago and now I have dry/scratchy throat, a little pain swallowing, and my temp. Is increasing is it strep?

Could be. Sometimes the antibiotics don't clear the strep. You should see the doctor for testing for strep to see if you still have it. Read more...
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If one has had strep, and still has blisters and a scratchy throat, after 3 weeks, but no fever are they at risk for rheumatic fever?

No, if. You were treated well and received full course of necessary antibiotics, scratchy throat and blisters (don't know where?) aren't usually symptoms of strep throat, rather painful (sore) throat and may be fever. Current symtoms may be due to allergic inflammation and probably rhinosinustis, check again with your doctor, best wishes. Read more...
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I've had an itchy, scratchy throat for a couple days. This morning I noticed little bumps on the dangly thing inmy throat. Could this be strep or somet?

Doctor can evaluate. Throat symptoms can be from strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees a doctor if the throat symptoms are bothersome, recurrent, or don't go away quickly (mainly to see about antibiotics). Read more...