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Can one have strep throat without a fever?

A fever is a common symptom of strep throat. However, it is possible to be infected with group A Streptococcus, the bacteria that cause strep throat, and not have a fever — or any symptoms at all. People known as “carriers” can have the bacteria in their nose or throat without getting ill.

You can also be infected with group A strep but not have a fever because you are within the two- to five-day incubation period for the illness.

If you have other symptoms — such as a sore throat; red, swollen tonsils; or swollen glands — but no fever, your doctor may still want to test you for strep throat.

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