Streptococcal tonsillitis

What is Streptococcal Tonsillitis?

Streptococcal Tonsillitis, also known as strep throat, is an infection of the throat and tonsils caused by the bacterium Streptococcus pyogenes (group A streptococcus). It is common in children and can occur at any age. Strep throat can cause severe symptoms such as sore throat, fever, and swollen lymph nodes. It is important to seek medical attention if you have any of these symptoms.

Symptoms of Streptococcal Tonsillitis

Common symptoms of strep throat include:

  • sore throat
  • fever
  • swollen lymph nodes
  • white or yellow patches on the tonsils
  • painful swallowing
  • headache
  • rash or hives
  • nausea or vomiting
  • loss of appetite

Causes of Streptococcal Tonsillitis

Strep throat is caused by the bacterium Streptococcus pyogenes, also known as group A streptococcus. It is spread through close contact with an infected person. It can also be spread through contact with infected surfaces or objects. The best way to prevent getting strep throat is by practicing good hygiene, such as washing your hands often and avoiding contact with people who are sick.