What are the symptoms of strep throat?

Updated: Sep 07, 2018
  • Author: Zartash Zafar Khan, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Pranatharthi Haran Chandrasekar, MBBS, MD  more...
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Streptococcal pharyngitis is strongly suggested by the presence of fever; tonsillar exudate; tender, enlarged, anterior cervical lymph nodes; and absence of cough (Centor criteria). [14] Strep throat has an incubation period of 2-4 days and is characterized by sudden onset of sore throat, cervical lymphadenopathy, malaise, fever, and headache. Younger patients may also develop nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. Acute sinusitis manifests as persistent coryza, postnasal drip, headache, and fever.


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