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Definition Strep throat is caused by Group A Streptococcus bacteria. It is the most common bacterial infection of the throat. Alternative Names Pharyngitis - streptococcal; Streptococcal pharyngitis Causes, incidence, and risk factors Strep throat is most common in children between age 5 and 15, although anyone can get it. Strep throat is spread by person-to-person contact with nasal secretions or saliva. It commonly spreads among family or household members.
"Of all the allergy symptoms I have, an itchy throat is the most bothersome for me." If you get an itchy throat or mouth, especially after eating fresh fruit or vegetables AND it gets worse during high-pollen times of year, you may be suffering from oral allergy syndrome. What is oral allergy syndrome? It’s also called pollen-food syndrome and it’s related to “hay fever.” Oral allergy syndrome is an allergic reaction to the proteins in many fruits, vegetables and nuts that are similar to the proteins in the pollen. It’s called a “cross reaction.” In other words, if you are very allergic to particular pollen, that reaction may crossover to other parts of the same or similar plant. For example, if you’re very allergic to birch tree pollen, you may develop itchy throat after eating apples, peaches, cherries, pears, even carrots, kiwis and walnuts! What are common oral allergy symptoms? Some common symptoms are: • ...
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