What is meant by strep throat?
Strep throat is a throat infection caused by streptococcus bacteria.
The typical symptoms of strep throat include: fever above 101°F, white patches of pus drainage on the tonsils, swelling and pain in the lymph nodes of the neck. This infection may also affect the heart valves (rheumatic fever), kidneys (nephritis), and cause pneumonia, sinusitis, tonsillitis, and ear infections. Otolaryngologists are able to distinguish strep throat from a sore throat, and advise necessary treatment.