Sore Throat/Strep Throat

Sore Throat/Possible Strep Throat:

Not all sore throats are strep throats. According to Kids Health, most sore throats are caused by viruses and can be accompanied by a runny nose, cough, red eyes, hoarseness. A case of strep throat will have other symptoms which will start to develop in about 3 days: red and white patches in the throat, difficulty swallowing, tender neck nodes, headache, fever, loss of appetite, lower stomach pain.

The American Academy of Pediatrics talks about scarlet fever, which is a fine red rash that feels like sandpaper. It is caused by a strep infection of the throat or any other part of the body and is more present in areas of the armpit, groin, and creases of the bend of the elbow and knee. Also, should you see a pale appearance around the mouth, be suspicious of scarlet fever. A student should not come to school with symptoms of a strep throat, and should be seen at the SSMH clinic.