Almost everyone has experienced the pain and discomfort associated with strep throat. While these symptoms can successfully be treated with antibiotics, many patients want to know, “How long does strep throat last?”
Continue reading as we discuss the causes of strep throat, common strep throat symptoms, when to seek medical intervention, and typical duration of this bacterial infection.
What Causes Strep Throat?
Strep throat is a common bacterial infection caused by group A Streptococcus bacteria. Although it can affect patients of all ages, children are especially prone to developing strep throat.
As a highly contagious disease, strep throat can be spread through airborne droplets, sharing drinks and food with an infected individual, handling contaminated items, and coming into contact with strep droplets and then touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
What Are the Symptoms of Strep Throat?
Two-to-five days after being infected with strep throat, patients typically present with: Fever, body aches, enlarged lymph nodes, inflamed tonsils with white pus patches and streaks, red spots on the hard or soft palate, difficulty swallowing, rash, painful throat, vomiting, and nausea.
How Long Does Strep Throat Last?
One of the most frequently asked questions about this bacterial infection is “How long does strep throat last?”
The answer can depend on how quickly patients receive medical intervention, as strep symptoms begin to resolve within 24 hours of starting antibiotic treatment. For this reason, it’s extremely important to seek diagnosis and treatment at the first signs of strep throat.
While most cases of strep throat do not last longer than five days, patients must take antibiotics as prescribed and complete the full course of medication even when they start to feel better.
If you believe that you have strep throat, please call our office today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bruce Rashbaum.