What is the difference between a sore throat and strep throat?

Strep throat can cause pain in your throat, and the sickness is caused by bacteria called streptococcus, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).

Aside from a sore throat, symptoms of strep throat include:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Red, swollen tonsils
  • Swollen, sore neck glands
  • White patches in your throat and on your tonsils

Some people – especially children – can also have abdominal pain, a red rash and vomiting as symptoms of strep throat.

Strep throat is a sickness caused by streptococcus bacteria, and a sore throat is a symptom that you can have along with that. A sore throat also can be caused by allergies, a cold, the flu, or other kinds of viruses.

Talk to your doctor for more information about the difference between strep throat and a sore throat. 

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