Sore and Strep Throat Symptoms
A sore throat can be a symptom of many different conditions such as the flu, strep throat, or allergies. But how can you tell the difference between a sore throat and strep throat? It is sometimes difficult to know the cause of your sore throat based on symptoms alone. Conditions may involve:
- Painful or irritated throat
- Body aches
- Swollen lymph nodes
The only way to know if it’s strep throat or a sore throat caused by other conditions is with a strep throat test. Only a healthcare provider can evaluate your symptoms, administer a strep test and determine the best course of action for you.
Sore and Strep Throat Causes
A sore throat can be caused by a virus or bacteria. For example, influenza and the common cold are common causes. Both are viral infections.
About 15% of sore throats are caused by a bacteria known as Streptococcus pyogenes or “strep”. Strep throat is a highly contagious infection that makes your throat extremely sore. You may also experience fatigue, fever and body aches.
Strep throat is common in children, particularly in the winter months, and can also produce symptoms of belly aches and headaches not typical in adults. One of the best ways you can avoid picking up bacteria's like Strep is by practicing good hand hygiene.
Other Conditions GoHealth Urgent Care Treats
At GoHealth Urgent Care we offer treatment for many other causes of sore throats, including:
- Common cold and influenza
- Upper respiratory infections
For more information about the services we offer, visit this page.