Westmoreland Elementary School

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CURRENT HEALTH ADVISORIES

STREP THROAT


Unfortunately, strep throat is back. Common symptoms of strep throat in children include:

  • Severe and sudden sore throat without coughing, sneezing, or other cold symptoms.
  • Pain or difficulty with swallowing.
  • Fever over 101°F (38.3°C). Lower fevers may point to a viral infection and not strep.
  • Swollen lymph nodes in the neck.
  • White or yellow spots or coating on the throat and tonsils.
  • Bright red throat or dark red spots on the roof of the mouth at the back near the throat.
  • Swollen tonsils, although this symptom may also be caused by a viral infection.
  • Headache and stomachache with or without vomiting

The only way to determine if your child has Strep is to get a Strep Culture done of the throat. Please remember, Strep can be a serious infection which can attack your Heart, Kidneys, Brain, and other parts of the body. With this being said, always medically rule out to be sure your child is not carrying strep.