Strep Throat

Streptococcal sore throat (pharyngitis) is an acute bacterial infection, most common in children between the ages of 5 – 15, although anyone can get it.

Signs and Symptoms

Symptoms appear 2 – 5 days after contact with the strep germ:

  • Fever >100.0º F
  • Chills
  • Red, sore throat that may have white patches
  • Pain when swallowing
  • Swollen, tender neck glands

Other symptoms may also include:

  • General ill feeling
  • A loss of appetite
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Lower abdominal ache

Your physician must diagnose strep by taking a rapid strep test swab from the throat.


  • If the strep test is positive, antibiotics are prescribed and should be taken for 10 days, even if symptoms improve.
  • Drink warm liquids.
  • Gargle several times a day with warm salt water (1/2 tsp of salt in 1 cup water).
  • Drink cold liquids or suck on ice pops.
  • Hard candies or throat lozenges.
  • Take over the counter pain relief, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol).

Returning to School

Students may return to school once they have taken antibiotics for a minimum of 24 hours and are fever free for 24 hours without the aid of fever reducing medication.

Contact the health team at 425-898-1720 ext. 399 or email school nurse Lea Hysom at, if your child is diagnosed with strep.

For more information about strep throat, see the CDC website.