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
- 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
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, if your child is diagnosed with strep.
For more information about strep throat, see the CDC website.