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:
Feverthat begins suddenly and is often highest on the second day
- Red throat, sometimes with white patches
- Sore throat
- General ill feeling
Loss of appetiteand abnormal taste
Swollen lymph nodesin the neck Difficulty swallowing
Some strains of strep throat can lead to a scarlet fever-like
Signs and tests
A rapid test can be done in most health care provider offices, but misses a few of the cases.
If the rapid strep test is negative and your health care provider still thinks you or your child may have strep, a throat swab can be tested (cultured) to see if strep grows from it. However, it will take one to two days for results to come back.
Review Date: 02/12/2011
Reviewed By: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc., and Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington, School of Medicine.