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

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Dr. Alan Levine
Pediatrics
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Nela Cordero
Pediatrics

In brief: Bacterial Infection

Strep tonsillitis symptoms are fever, sore throat, headache, chills and bodyaches whereas colds is viral with nasal congestion as the prominent symptoms

In brief: Bacterial Infection

Strep tonsillitis symptoms are fever, sore throat, headache, chills and bodyaches whereas colds is viral with nasal congestion as the prominent symptoms
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Dr. Zuheir Said
Pediatrics

In brief: 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, .

In brief: 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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