Thursday, October 31, 2019 11:33 AM


With the changing weather and upcoming flu season, a sore throat is an irritating, unwelcome symptom of common fall illnesses. There are plenty of reasons for throat irritation, including allergies, post-nasal drip, a cold and mononucleosis. However, one potential culprit of a throat infection is Group A Streptococcus bacterium, or strep throat. There are several million cases of strep throat every year in the United States and it is one of the most prevalent diseases among children.

Although anyone can get strep throat, there are certain factors that make children 5 -15 years old more susceptible to this common infection. Non-invasive Group A strep resides in the nose and throat, making it easier to spread to the bacteria to others by coughing or sneezing. These illnesses spread when large groups gather and tend to run rampant in schools and day care centers.

Children can contract strep throat if they breathe another's respiratory droplets that contain the bacteria, touch a contaminated surface and then touch their mouth or nose, or drink or eat from the same glass or plate as a sick person. Once infected, symptoms will begin to appear 2 - 5 days after exposure and must be treated with ...

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