Sore Throat

How To Tell Strep Throat From A Sore Throat

A baby rubs her throat Whenever a child complains of having a sore throat, one of the first things most parents will think of is something much worse, like strep throat, perhaps because they may not know what strep throat symptoms look like. For your continuing peace of mind, we are going to explain the difference between sore throat symptoms, and many other more serious conditions.

Sore Throat Symptoms

The common sore throat generally will follow other symptoms of the common cold: nasal drip, stuffiness, cough, and a slight fever. The soreness is actually caused by mucus dripping from the sinuses and into the throat. It will appear red and irritated, but without any swelling or spots to be seen.

Strep Throat Symptoms

Strep throat symptoms, on the other hand, can be more serious, and indicate that a viral or bacterial infection is causing your child’s throat pain.

Those symptoms include:

Fever: Elevated temperature of 99 or higher, which is higher than it would be with a cold, 99 and up

Throat Pain: Throat feels raw and there is pain while swallowing

Inflamed Tonsils: The tonsils appear red and irritated and they will also have white spots of pus on them

Lymph Nodes: The lymph nodes on either side of the neck, just under the jawbone will be swollen and tender to the touch.

Not everyone will have the same symptoms when they have strep, but the ones listed above are the most common. Some children, especially older children, will also develop the following symptoms:

Rash: Small red spots that feel rough, like sandpaper

Headache: A pounding headache that appears around the same time as the fever.

Abdominal Pain, Nausea and Vomiting: Another sign that it may be a bacterial infection like strep.

Simple viral infections that are not strep related may cause symptoms of an irritated throat, coughing, diarrhea, runny noses, pink eye, and mouth ulcers. The most serious condition that an irritated throat can be a symptom of is mono, especially in older children.

Mononucleosis, or Mono, will present the following symptoms in addition to an irritated throat:

Pain: generally in the throat, which worsens upon trying to swallow

High fever: 101 and higher

Lymph nodes: Lymph nodes are swollen and enlarged in the neck, armpit and groin areas.

Fatigue: Overall feeling of being sick and tired

Loss of Appetite: This may be due to the throat pain, as well as the infection

Headache: Very painful, especially at night

Nausea and abdominal pain: due to the infection for the most part

Even if your child is not showing any other symptoms, it is still best that they see the doctor as soon as possible. There are far too many childhood diseases that have common symptoms like these, and simple tests will confirm what they have for certain.

Is your child complaining of a sore throat? The caring professionals at Owl Now Urgent Care can help them feel better immediately. Don’t delay; schedule an appointment today and get your child on the road to recovery as soon as possible.