Health Tip of the Week, Sponsored by Baton Rouge General: Do I have strep or just a sore throat?

    Dr. Tarisha Mixon

    Strep throat has joined the flu in news headlines, with schools nationwide reporting widespread cases of both illnesses. So how can you tell the difference between a regular sore throat and strep? A “regular” sore throat caused by a cold tends to develop over a few days, accompanied by a runny nose, postnasal drip, cough, a low-grade fever or no fever. With strep, a sore throat comes on more suddenly with difficulty swallowing, red and swollen tonsils, higher fever and sometimes a headache and nausea. If this sounds familiar, it’s time to see a doctor for a simple swab test.

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