Strep Throat Symptoms


Burning sensation of discomfort in the back of the throat.
Visible redness and swelling.
Discomfort when swallowing and speaking.

What is Strep Throat Symptoms

Sore throat or strep throat, is one of the most common reason for physician visits. And also the reason why more than 100 million days of absence from work each year and countless days of missed school children. Sore throat – this is a standard sign of infection (usually viral origin, but in some cases, bacterial) or irritation of the pharynx, the back of the mouth behind the tongue.

Not surprisingly, the throat – the painful area. Along with the nose, throat – this is the first protecting the body against invading viruses or bacteria . Sore throat caused by a virus , develops gradually over time. It is often accompanied by flu or cold, and if there is fever, the temperature of 37,5 ° C or below.

Sore throat of bacterial origin usually develops rapidly, the glands in the neck often become swollen and sensitive, there is a headache. Fever is usually at a temperature of 37,7 ° C or higher. The throat may be very red, with white or yellow spots on the back. Read the rest of this entry »


Strep throat pediatric emergencies: impact and performance of a rapid diagnostic test


Afssaps recommends the systematic use of rapid diagnostic test for streptococcus A in order to better target antibiotic prescribing.

We evaluated this test in a pediatric emergency department versatile.

We compared, for each diagnosed angina, the test result to that of culture and have included 216 patients (mean age: 4.8 ± 3.6 years) from January to December 2004.


We identified 57 bacterial tonsillitis (26%). Children with bacterial angina were aged 7 ± 3 years vs 4 ± 3 years for children whose culture was negative (p> 0.05). Test sensitivity was 77% (95% CI: 65-86) and a specificity of 82% (95% CI: 75-87). The PPV was 60% (95% CI: 49-71) and NPV of 91% (95% CI: 85-95). Predictive values of the test were influenced by the age of the child. Read the rest of this entry »