Strep Throat

Definition of Strep Throat

A strep throat is a throat infection that is caused by the streptococcus A bacteria. It is also known as Streptococcal pharyngitis or Group A beta-hemolytic streptococcus. It can affect anyone at any age, but usually affects people between the ages of 5 and 15. The symptoms of a strep throat are usually more severe and this is an easy way of differentiating it from the symptoms of a viral sore throat.  The mucous membranes that line the pharynx get infected when you suffer from a strep throat. In certain cases, the tonsils are affected as well. It is necessary to seek medical advice for a strep throat as if left untreated; it can lead to other health complications.

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