In recent blog articles, we’ve talked about the difference between colds and the flu and how to deal with these common winter ailments. But winter sickness can also present itself in the form of strep throat and norovirus.
Strep throat is a bacterial infection.
Anyone is at risk, but it’s most often seen in school-age children. Like colds and the flu, strep throat is spread from one person to another via contact with saliva or fluids from the nose. That makes it easy to share with other household members.
Symptoms – sometimes mild, sometimes severe – start to develop within two to five days. Call your health care provider if you or your child feel:
- Fever (it can appear suddenly and is usually highest on the second day).
- Pain when swallowing.
- Generally “sick,” with a headache, nausea, or loss of appetite.
Your throat may be red, with white spots, and your neck glands may be tender and swollen. In some cases, strep throat causes a rash on the neck and chest or over the entire body.