Disease, health, Infections

Streptococcal Pharyngitis

Streptococcal pharyngitis, also known as strep throat, is a bacterial infection of the throat caused by the group A Streptococcus bacteria. It typically presents with symptoms such as sore throat, fever, difficulty swallowing, and swollen lymph nodes.

Strep throat is usually treated with antibiotics, such as penicillin or amoxicillin, to kill the bacteria causing the infection. Treatment is important to prevent complications, such as rheumatic fever or kidney damage, which can occur if the infection is left untreated.

In addition to antibiotics, treatment for strep throat may include pain relievers, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, to reduce fever and relieve pain, as well as throat lozenges or sprays to help ease throat pain.

Prevention of strep throat involves good hygiene practices, such as frequent hand washing and avoiding close contact with people who have a strep infection. It is also important to cover the mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing and to avoid sharing utensils, cups, or other personal items with others.

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