Moderate Streptococcal pharyngitis

Everything You Need To Know About Moderate Streptococcal Pharyngitis

Streptococcal pharyngitis or strep throat is an infection of the back of the throat caused by bacteria. Commonly it is caused by Streptococcus pyogenes, but other strains may also be responsible. This infection causes a sore throat, along with fever, loss of appetite, and swollen glands. It is very contagious and mainly affects children.

Moderate streptococcal pharyngitis is a more severe form of strep throat which is characterized by higher fever and localized infection, such as redness, swelling, and pus. It is usually caused by the Group A streptococcus bacteria.

Here is what you need to know about moderate streptococcal pharyngitis:

  • It is most common in children, and may spread easily by contact with saliva or nasal secretions.
  • It is usually diagnosed with a throat swab or rapid strep test.
  • Symptoms may include a severe sore throat, fever, difficulty swallowing, swollen lymph nodes, and redness and swelling on the back of the throat.
  • Treatment typically involves antibiotics, rest, and drinking plenty of fluids.
  • It is important to finish the full course of antibiotics as prescribed by the doctor.

If you or your child is experiencing the symptoms of moderate streptococcal pharyngitis, it is important to see a doctor as soon as possible to start treatment. In most cases, the symptoms will clear up with treatment.