How Long From Exposure Does Strep Throat Symptoms Appear?

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Alternative Names

Pharyngitis - streptococcal; Streptococcal pharyngitis


Symptoms may be mild or severe. You usually start to feel sick about 2 to 5 days after you come in contact with the bacteria.

Symptoms usually begin suddenly, and can include:

  • Fever that begins suddenly and is often highest on the second day
  • Red throat, sometimes with white patches
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Chills
  • General ill feeling
  • Loss of appetite and abnormal taste
  • Swollen lymph nodes in the neck
  • Difficulty swallowing


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