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
rash. This rash is thought to be an allergic reaction to toxins made by the strep bacteria.
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.