When you develop a sore throat, its easy to assume its just that. But, if it sticks around for a while or feels worse over time, you might start to wonder if you could have strep throat.
This infection can cause some intense pain and trouble swallowing, making for a pretty miserable experience. But how can you know if youre dealing with strep throat or just a regular sore throat? And, is there any way to treat strep throat at home or is this a definite see your doctor kind of thing? Experts share strep throat symptoms and treatment options.
What is strep throat?
Strep throat is an infection in the throat and tonsils caused by bacteria called group A Streptococcus, aka group A strep, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Group A strep lives in the nose and throat and can easily spread to other people when an infected person coughs or sneezes. That creates ...