Frequently Asked Questions

What are the signs of strep throat?

Strep throat has many symptoms. Some of the more common ones are: 

  • Sore throat that comes on suddenly 
  • Painful swallowing 
  • Fever 
  • Red, swollen tonsils, sometimes with whitish spots or patches 
  • Tiny red spots on the roof of the mouth 
  • Swollen lymph nodes in the neck 

Strep throat may also cause headaches or stomach aches as well as nausea or vomiting, particularly in children. Some people with strep throat may get a red skin rash, called scarlet fever, before or after feeling ill. 

Strep throat, which is caused by bacteria called group A Streptococcus, doesn’t typically cause coughs or runny noses. Those symptoms may suggest the illness is caused by a virus instead. 


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