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Acute Care: Injuries and Illnesses

STREP THROAT

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Causes

Strep throat is caused by the bacteria Beta Streptococci Group A. These bacteria can cause rheumatic fever and glomerulonephritis, a kidney disease. These complications are rare, but they do occur often enough to warrant prevention.

Diagnosis

Diagnosis of strep throat may be suspected, but requires a throat culture to confirm. Throat cultures show:

  • Diagnosis of strep may be suspected, but should be confirmed with either a rapid strep test done in the office, or a strep culture which is sent to a medical laboratory.

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Treatment

Beta Street Group A sore throats should be treated with an antibiotic for a full ten (10) days. For other pathogenic bacteria, antibiotic use is optional depending upon the bacteria and severity of the illness.

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