Is It A Sore Throat Or Strep?

January 20, 2011 Updated Jan 20, 2011 at 9:41 PM EDT

By WKBW News

January 20, 2011 Updated Jan 20, 2011 at 9:41 PM EDT

(WKBW/Cleveland Clinic) Sore throats are typical this time of year, but sometimes what you think is a minor irritation could be the start of something bigger.

Strep throat is most commonly seen in children ages 5 to 15, but adults can get it, too.

Doctors say a tell-tale sign of strep is fever, along with the sore throat, and they say if kids have strep, more than likely, they won't want to eat or drink, but if you're still not sure it's strep, doctors say grab a flashlight and take a look at the tonsils.

Doctors say when you have strep, the tonsils will be very red, inflamed and often times have little whitish patches on them.

Of course, to be 100% certain it is strep, a strep test will have to be performed at your pediatrician's office. If it comes back positive for strep throat, it will be treated with antibiotics.

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