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1. What are the early symptoms of strep throat?
Early symptoms of strep throat are: very high fever, white patches in the throat, soreness in throat, difficulty in swallowing, headache, etc.
2. How long does strep throat infection last?
Strep throat infection lasts for a maximum of one week. The symptoms may disappear quickly after taking antibiotics.
3. How to diagnose strep throat?
Strep throat can be diagnosed with: (1) a physical examination, (2) rapid antigen test of swab from back of your throat and (3) throat culture from swab rubbed on throat or tonsils.
4. What are the complications if strep throat is left untreated?
Strep throat if left untreated can lead to complications like: (1) rheumatic fever, (2) middle ear infection, (3) pneumonia, (4) meningitis, (5) toxic shock syndrome and (6) abscess around the tonsils.
5. How can strep throat be prevented?
Strep throat does not have any preventive vaccination, however, the preventive measures that can be used are: (1) washing your hands with soap or sanitizer regularly and (2) avoid sharing food and drinks with infected person.