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Caused by Infection from streptococcus bacteria, strep throat is highly contagious and can be transmitted by person-to-person contact, or through contact with contaminated water droplets in the air. Strep primarily affects the throat and tonsils, but can also affect other areas as the bacteria multiplies. Because it is a bacterial Infection, the physician must take a culture from the back of the throat before diagnosing strep throat.
Symptoms of strep throat include high fever, swelling of tonsils, an inflamed uvula, visible pus on the tonsils, swollen/sore neck lymph nodes, and the symptoms of Sore Throat. A culture of strep throat reveals round cells linked together in chains, which appear violet when covered with Gram stain (gram-positive). Strep throat is treated with antibiotics, bed rest, aspirin, and adequate fluids.
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