Strep throat is caused by a bacterial infection (streptococcal bacteria) in the throat and tonsils. Although one of the main symptoms of a strep infection is a severe sore throat, most occurrences of sore throat are caused by a viral infection and are treated a different way. In some cases, a strep infection can become a recurring problem and alternative treatment methods may be necessary.
What are the symptoms of strep throat?
- Sudden, severe sore throat
- Pain when swallowing
- High fever
- Swollen tonsils and lymph nodes in neck
- White or yellow spots on the back of a red throat
- Headaches and body aches
What is chronic/recurring strep throat?
- A case of strep throat that is not cured after antibiotic treatment
- A person who is infected by a strain of strep bacteria frequently
- A person who is diagnosed with strep over and over again
What are the causes of chronic strep?
- Weakened immune system from other illnesses, organ transplants, or medications
- Resistance to antibiotics
- Carriers of strep throat bacteria
Treatment options for chronic strep
- Strict antibiotic schedule
- Symptom management with OTC pain medication
- Warm salt water gargles