Strep throat or streptococcal pharyngitis is a type of pharyngitis caused by group A streptococcus (GAS). It is the cause of 5-15% sore throats in adults and 37% of sore throats in children. This highly contagious infection is spread through contact with an infected person or object, even in the strep throat incubation period.
A sore throat is one of the most common symptoms of a bacterial or viral throat infection such as strep throat or the common cold. Distinguishing between a viral throat infection and strep throat is important, because untreated or inadequately treated, these diseases can cause serious complications.
Many women develop strep throat during pregnancy, so you are not the only one questioning if it will affect the baby. However, there is no association between strep throat and pregnancy if the illness is treated adequately.
The strep throat symptoms in children depend on the age and range from mild to severe. Find out how to identify this illness and when to seek advice from a doctor.
Although some doctors will make a diagnosis and treatment plan primarily by analyzing the symptoms and physical findings, only a combination of strep throat exams and tests such as the rapid DNA test can differentiate between a bacterial infection and a virus.