Strep throat is the infection and inflammation of throat caused by bacteria known as streptococcus. This condition not only causes inflammation in throat but also in it’s near by areas. After the incorporation of bacteria in the throat the infection starts within 1 to 4 days. This period is also called as the incubation period of the bacteria. This disease is contagious and can be easily passed on to one another. A variety of symptoms are associated with the strep throat disease. This article will discuss some symptoms and the information about the symptoms of this disease will help you diagnose the disease easily.
The most common symptom include: soreness of throat i.e. inflammation and severe pain in throat. But this symptom is also associated with the soar throat, which is a viral infection. Under the step throat condition one feels difficulty in swallowing anything.
The second indication strep throat is that the lymph nodes swell and form clusters in the neck region. Appearance of yellow or white spots on the tonsils and throat is also among the symptoms of strep throat. Sometimes the whole throat becomes red. White or yellow spots or redness of throat indicates the presence of pus in the throat due to which one cannot swallow anything and feels a lot of pain. Accompanied by all these symptoms fever also appear as a symptom of strep throat. In very sever conditions skins rashes also appear on the skin and these rashes mostly appear at the back and on the chest.
Some other symptoms like runny nose, weakness, hoarseness, oral ulcers, conjunctivitis and diarrhea also accompanies the symptoms of strep throat, but they appear when the disease is in very worse condition.
The symptoms of strep throat are not same in children and adults and vary markedly. This disease is very common among children as well as adults so it is very important to know about its symptoms in both.
In infants the most common symptom includes the drainage of grey to yellow colored mucous from the nose. Other symptoms are: fever and the loss of appetite. You must check your child, if he is in the infant stage because he cannot tell you that he is feeling bad. When the symptoms of strep throat start appearing in the toddlers, they start complaining about the pain in throat, they also loose appetite and their lymph nodes swell. The strep throat symptoms become more complicated in older children. The symptoms in older aged children are almost similar to the symptoms that appear in adults. In old aged children the bacteria causing strep throat may release toxins which may cause rash on their bodies.
The strep throat symptoms in adults are different; they usually suffer from discomfort, appetite loss, vomiting, nausea, swelling of lymph nodes and abdominal pain in very severe cases. Rash also start appearing on their bodies and sometimes scarlet fever also accompany strep throat in adults.