What You Need to Know about Strep Throat

“Mom, my throat hurts.”

How many times do we hear this in a year? Especially right now, in this weird transition between winter and spring. It’s the time of year when germs just seem to run amok, and then to pour lemon juice on a papercut, pollen comes swooping in!

Coughs, sore throats, fevers and headaches, noses that run like a faucet in all the yuckiest colors of the rainbow – we see it all here at High Hopes, especially in the winter and spring. But there’s one kind of sore throat that is unarguably the worst of them all: strep throat.

So how can you tell the difference between strep throat, allergies, a cold, or even a stressed out set of vocal chords from a little too much “How Far I’ll Go” karaoke? What can you do about it if it is strep throat? Just how worried should you be about strep?

This blog post will do its best to answer those questions and more.

So What Exactly Is It?

Strep throat is a bacterial infection. Most sore throats are caused by viruses, usually some variation of the common cold, but strep is a whole different animal. Literally! Bacteria are unicellular prokaryotic organisms,