Strep throat is an infection caused by a type of bacteria ( group A streptococcus). Strep throat usually needs treatment with antibiotics. With the proper medical care along with plenty of rest and fluids a child should be back to school and play within a few days. The bacteria that cause strep throat tend to hang out in the nose and throat, so normal activities such as sneezing, coughing, or shaking hands can easily spread the infection from person to person.
Letter from Dr. Anne Matese, our school Medical Director
- sore throat
- red and swollen tonsils
- painful or swollen neck glands
- red and white patches in the throat
- difficulty swallowing
- stomach pain
- loss of appetite and nausea
The above are general symptoms which may be seen with strep throat which your child may experience. To know for sure if your child has strep, a quick test can be done in the doctor's office. If the test is positive an antibiotic will be prescribed and your child can return to school 24 hours after the antibiotic has started.