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Strep Throat in Children

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

What is strep throat?

Strep throat is a throat infection caused by bacteria. It is easily spread from person to person.

What are the signs and symptoms of strep throat?

How is a strep throat diagnosed?

Your child's healthcare provider may swab the back of your child's throat to test for bacteria. You may get the results in minutes or the swab may be sent to a lab.

How is strep throat treated?

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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How can I manage my child's symptoms?

How can I help prevent the spread of strep throat?

Call 911 for any of the following:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I contact my child's healthcare provider?

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your child's care. Learn about your child's health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your child's healthcare providers to decide what care you want for your child. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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