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Strep Throat (Bacterial throat infection)
In recent days we have seen in our clinic many cases of strep throat.
This throat infection often comes in "mini-epidemics" that lasts several days.
The main significance of this strep throat clinically is that it is treated with antibiotics (as opposed to viral throat infection as part of the common cold)
The main symptoms are sore throat, difficulty in swallowing, often fever and muscle pain. The patient often feels very bad. The physical examination usually reveals white spots on the tonsils.
A throat swab can be done to establish the diagnosis but it is not mandatory.
Treatment is usually with penicillin for 10 days.
Of note - If the sore throat is accompanied by runny nose and/or cough, the likelihood of bacterial throat infection is greatly reduced.