Strep Throat Can Cause Heart Problems If Left Untreated.

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Alternative Names

Pharyngitis - streptococcal; Streptococcal pharyngitis


Most sore throats are caused by viruses, not strep-related bacteria. Strep cannot be accurately diagnosed by symptoms or a physical exam alone. Many of the other causes of sore throats may have the same symptoms.

Sore throats should only be treated with antibiotics if the strep test is positive. Antibiotics are taken to prevent rare but more serious health problems, such as rheumatic fever.

Penicillin or amoxicillin...

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