How to Tell If You Have Strep or Just a Sore Throat
Sore throats can be caused by viruses, bacteria, allergies or even drainage from a runny nose. Learn how you can tell a bad cold from strep throat.
Sore throats are not only a pain. They can be caused by many different factors. These include viruses, bacteria, allergies or even runny nose drainage.
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That means it’s sometimes confusing whether that hurt is simply a sore throat caused by a cold or strep throat. Cleveland Clinic’s family medicine expert Daniel Allan, MD, explains how your doctor can spot strep based on a defined set of characteristics. He says symptoms of strep throat include:
One key sign to watch for is a sore throat without a cough. That is telltale sign of strep. A sore throat, on the other hand can cause: