What are the symptoms of streptococcal pharyngitis (strep throat) in infants and toddlers?

Updated: Sep 07, 2018
  • Author: Zartash Zafar Khan, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Pranatharthi Haran Chandrasekar, MBBS, MD  more...
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Relatively few localizing or constitutional symptoms may be present, such that the illness may be unrecognized (subclinical infection). Young infants do not present with classic pharyngitis. Streptococcal upper respiratory tract infections in infants and toddlers instead may be characterized by low-grade fever, anorexia, and a thick, purulent nasal discharge (so-called streptococcosis). Conversely, some patients may be toxic, with high fever, malaise, headache, and severe pain upon swallowing.


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