A to Z: Strep Throatenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-khAZDictionary-enHD-AR1.jpgStrep throat, a painful throat infection, is common in kids and teens. It gets better quickly with antibiotic treatment.strep throat, streptococcal sore throat, strep throat infections, severe sore throat, strep infections, strep throat in children, strep throat in teens, strep throat in preschoolers, strep throat in toddlers, strep throat in gradeschoolers, strep throat in kids, strep, sore throats, thorat infections, tonsils, tonsil infections, tonsillitis, bacteria, bacterial, bacterial infections, antibiotics, antibiotic treatment, throat hurts, painful to swallow, tonsulls, tonsuls, tonsills, white patches on thorat, white spots on throat, hurts to swallow, penicillin, definitions, dictionary, a to z, pharyngitis, group A streptococcus, group a, streptococcus, pharingitis, faryngitis, faringitis, streptococcal pharyngitis, streptococcal06/01/201204/11/201909/02/2019a5955c2f-e865-4c93-a974-ac693765fd14https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-strep.html/<p><em>Also called: Streptococcal Sore Throat; Streptococcal Pharyngitis; Pharyngitis; Strep Infection; Strep</em></p> <p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/strep-throat.html/">Strep throat</a> is a throat infection caused by group A <em>streptococcus</em> <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/germs.html/">bacteria</a>. It's a fairly common illness in kids and teens, and gets better&nbsp;within a few days if treated promptly with antibiotics.</p> <h3>More to Know</h3> <p>Strep throat is <a class="kh_anchor">contagious</a> and typically happens during the school year when kids and teens are in close contact. A strep&nbsp;infection can spread through&nbsp;sneezing, coughing, and shaking hands.</p> <p>Because strep throat is a bacterial infection, antibiotics are used for&nbsp;treatment. Not treating strep &mdash; or not finishing the prescribed course of antibiotics &mdash; can put a person&nbsp;at risk for other health problems.</p> <p>Not all sore throats are due to a&nbsp;strep infection. In fact, most sore throats are caused by viruses and need no special treatment.</p> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <p>Strep throat requires 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.</p> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
Getting a Strep Test (Video)The test for strep throat doesn't hurt, but it might make you gag a little. Watch how it's done in this video for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/video-strep.html/13abee51-711e-425f-941e-bfe5875381b9
Strep Test (Video)This video shows what it's like to get a strep test.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/video-strep.html/d0aba397-c9a0-4808-b135-c85f51e530c3
Strep Test: RapidA rapid strep test is done to help quickly determine whether a sore throat is caused by a strep infection vs. other germs (usually viruses) that don't require antibiotic treatment.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/test-rapid-strep.html/57134350-ba3f-420a-92e0-734c92e43849
Strep Test: Throat CultureIs your child having a strep test or a throat culture? Find out how these swab tests are performed.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/labtest11.html/6ba312da-1095-40f7-99a4-dd198b7aab12
Strep ThroatStrep throat is a common cause of sore throat in kids and teens. It usually requires treatment with antibiotics, but improves in a few days.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/strep-throat.html/4504e91d-3bbd-4d1a-beb8-516fc25df480
TonsillectomyA tonsillectomy is surgery to remove the tonsils. It's one of the most common surgeries kids and teens get. Find out more.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/tonsil.html/60fb67a5-1acd-49af-859d-7a37c9f09bb2
TonsillitisIf your tonsils get infected, it can make your throat feel very sore. Find out more in this article for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/tonsillitis.html/25e7a13a-51d0-44b7-ad38-224a93eb3a8a
Word! Strep ScreenIf you've ever gone to the doctor with a really sore throat, you may have had a strep screen.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/word-strep-screen.html/60ce43f9-4ab2-45bb-9ad7-0755c742c1c7
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