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Sore throat? Let us check it – Strep Throat Symptoms Checker

 

Strep Throat occurs because of a bacterial infection in the throat. If patients receive treatment early, there will be a reduction in symptoms length and possible complications.

Sore throat or pharyngitis (as medical doctors refer to) is a swelling of the throat most of the time because of an infection. A vast proportion of these infections are due to viruses, which thankfully tend to resolve without any treatment. However, bacterial infections account for approximately a third of the infections in children and a little less in adults. They require antibiotic treatment to decrease symptoms length and avoid possible serious complications in the short and long run.

Several bacteria could cause bacterial pharyngitis. Still, the most common one is the Streptococcus pyogenes. That is why, when there is a sore throat with symptoms suggestive of a bacterial infection. Doctors immediately assume that this bacteria is sourcing it unless other overt symptoms are suggesting otherwise. Hence, the name “Strep” throat.

Thankfully, this diagnosis remains in most of the cases as a clinical one. That is to say that for a great proportion of infections, a doctor just assesses the signs and symptoms. Then, it would be possible to diagnose the disease. Despite that, when there is suspicion of this infection, there are tests that will tell if someone has it.

It is essential to distinguish between a viral and bacterial infection when it comes to a sore throat. Mainly because the treatment is totally different. The viral sore throat only requires treatment for diminishing the symptoms’ intensity till it goes away on its own. Conversely, bacterial sore throat benefits from antibiotic therapy, which would be useless in viral pharyngitis.

If left without treatment, there could be complications either in the throat or several other body parts. Accordingly, it is necessary to give treatment when, indeed, it is strep throat.

This is a Strep Throat Symptoms Checker. It gathers the most important signs, symptoms, and risk factors for the disease.

When people have a sore throat, it is important to tell if it is a viral or bacterial infection. The sore throat symptoms checker will differentiate between them.

This tool has questions that will aim to identify the most important symptoms, signs, and risk factors, specifically of strep throat or bacterial pharyngitis. Therefore, firstly, it will tell if somebody has pharyngitis, and then, it will be positive only if someone has the Streptococcus pyogenes infection or Strep throat.

According to symptoms, if someone has a sore throat because of a viral infection, it will be negative. However, keep in mind that this tool will give an estimation. The tool does not replace a doctor’s physical examination nor tests that accurately tell if there is a bacterial infection, such as a rapid antigen detection test and/or bacterial culture.

Using this tool is free, and would only take a few minutes, be safe.

 

  • Question of

    Do you have between five and fifteen years?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Does a family member in your household or co-worker has had a sore throat in the last five days?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have a sore throat?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have a cough?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have a red or pink eye?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Does your voice sound breathy, raspy, or strained?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have diarrhea?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have a runny nose?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have canker sores in your mouth?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Are these symptoms, such as cough, pink eye, funny voice, diarrhea, runny nose, or canker sores more bothering than the throat pain you are having?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Did the throat pain start with a sudden onset? (Less than 24 hours)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Did the throat pain start gradually over days? (More than one day)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you feel pain whenever you are swallowing food or water?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have headaches?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have either nausea, vomiting, or abdominal pain?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have a fever? (preferably use a thermometer which needs to shows more than 101,3 °F or touch your forehead and determine if the temperature is increased)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have more than five days with any of these symptoms?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do your mouth and throat looks like the one in the photo below? (Take a look at the reddish appearance it has and the several white spots in the back of the throat)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do your mouth and throat looks like the one in the photo below? (Take a look at the reddish appearance it has and the several white spots in the back of the throat)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Since the symptoms began in the first 48 hours, did you notice a reddish skin rash in your body? (It very often starts in the neck and then spreads to the trunk and limbs; it could be itchy) Look at the photo below.

    • Yes
    • No

Written by Dr. Esteban Kosak

Doctor of Medicine - MD Recently Graduated from Medical School and inspired to aid the global population during this situation. I think that we shall no longer be waiting to see a doctor when we feel sick. Several times we feel disease searches in Google drive us to a rabbit hole and come out thinking that we may die of cancer or something very serious, given that symptoms may seem to fit a wide variety of illnesses. Since I recently graduated from medical school. I have all the medical information fresh in my mind. My thorough experience as an expert researcher allows me to very-well known the different diseases and conditions that affect human bodies. Empowered by the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs). I think that we all can provide a grain of sand to help humanity. That's why we created Symptoms.Care a place where you can come and screen your symptoms and find what different illnesses can be related to them. Armed with the right information you can instantly, discretely, secure and from the comfort of your home talk with a Doctor that can Evaluate your Symptoms and help you seek the right treatment.

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