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Strep throat

Also known as Streptococcal Pharyngitis and Streptococcal Sore Throat

Streptococcal pharyngitis, streptococcal tonsillitis, or streptococcal sore throat (known colloquially as strep throat) is a type of pharyngitis caused by a group A streptococcal infection. It affects the pharynx including the tonsils and possibly the larynx. Common symptoms include fever, sore throat, and enlarged lymph nodes. It is the cause of 37% of sore throats among children and 5-15% in adults.

Source: Wikipedia

What are the symptoms?

Within all the people who go to their doctor with strep throat, 95% report having sore throat, 85% report having fever, and 59% report having cough. The symptoms that are highly suggestive of strep throat are sore throat, although you may still have strep throat without those symptoms.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with strep throat often receive influenzavirus antibody assay, tonsillectomy and/or adenoidectomy and other respiratory therapy .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with strep throat include amoxicillin, penicillin, cefprozil, penicillin g benzathine (bicillin), phenol topical, cefadroxil, chlorpheniramine / phenylephrine / pyrilamine, pheniramine / phenyltoloxamine / pyrilamine, dextromethorphan / guaifenesin / pseudoephedrine, electrolyte replacement solutions, oral, helium / oxygen, isometheptene mucate and benzthiazide (exna) .

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for strep throat include age 5-14 years age 1-4 years. On the other hand, age 75+ years almost never get strep throat.

Age

< 1 years
0.3x
1-4 years
2.6x
5-14 years
4.8x
15-29 years
1.2x
30-44 years
0.7x
45-59 years
0.2x
60-74 years
0.1x
75+ years
0.0x

Sex

Male
1.0x
Female
1.0x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
0.9x
Hispanic
1.0x
White
1.0x
Other
0.8x
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