What is Strep Throat?

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What is Strep Throat?

Strep throat is a common oral pathology disease. It is a throat and tonsils infection due to the presence of the Streptococcal bacteria. The common symptoms of this disease are swollen lymph nodes, fever, chills, and sore throat. Strep throat is can easily be cured by antibiotic treatment, but it can sometimes be confused with oral cancer, which can be treated through oral pathology in Plantation, FL.

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What Are the Causes and Symptoms of Strep Throat?

Causes

Sore throats are commonly attributed to viral infections such as flu and cold. Some may even develop into tonsillitis. Although there are several bacteria that can cause a throat infection, Streptococcal bacteria is the most common. It is contagious and can easily spread through direct contact. Just like the COVID-19 virus, strep throat can be acquired by inhaling airborne droplets from an infected person’s sneezes and coughs.

Signs and Symptoms

Symptoms develop as fast as one to three days after exposure to the bacteria. As mentioned earlier, the most common symptom of this oral pathology disease is a sore throat. However, some of the following symptoms may also exist:

  • Pains and body aches
  • Earaches
  • Vomiting, nausea, and headache
  • Yellow or pus-like white spots or patches found on your tonsils or at the back of your throat
  • Red and inflamed appearance near your throat
  • Tender and swollen lymph nodes
  • Fever and chills

Have you heard of the term “scarlet fever”? This is when a strep throat infection is accompanied by a red skin rash. There are those who will suffer from a red skin rash that feels coarse and bumpy to the touch. This rash normally appears on the chest and may spread to the arms, stomach, and neck.

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Contact an Expert on Oral Pathology in Plantation, FL

If you think you have a strep throat infection or oral cancer, schedule an appointment with Oral Facial Reconstruction and Implant Center. At our office, your dental and overall health is of the highest importance!