Strep throat going around middle Tennessee, Vanderbilt doctors say

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Vanderbilt doctors say strep throat is going around middle Tennessee.

While many are worried over the widespread flu outbreak, parents will want to keep an eye out for signs of strep throat.

Strep throat is a bacterial infection of the throat caused by group A steptococcus, doctors say. Strep throat is treated with antibiotics and is most common in school-aged children this time of year.

Symptoms of strep throat include a sore throat, pain when swallowing, a fever of 101 degrees or above, red and swollen tonsils, tiny red spots on the roof of the mouth, or swollen lymph nodes in the front of the neck.

Here a re some facts about strep throat, according to the CDC:

  • Strep throat is an infection in the throat and tonsils caused by group A Streptococcus bacteria (called “group A strep”). However, most sore throats are caused by viruses, not bacteria.
  • Group A strep bacteria spread through contact with droplets from an infected person’s cough or sneeze. If you touch your mouth, nose, or eyes after touching something that has these droplets on it, you may become ill.
  • No one can diagnose strep throat just by looking at your throat. Doctors can swab your throat to see if you have strep throat.
  • People with strep throat should stay home from work, school, or daycare until they no longer have a fever and have taken antibiotics for at least 24 hours.
  • Antibiotics taken for strep throat reduce the length of time you’re sick, prevent long-term health problems, and help prevent spreading the infection to friends and family members.

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