Strep throat is the colloquial name for the bacterial infection that is caused by the Streptococcus pyongenes bacteria. Anyone of any age can come down with strep throat, but it’s most noticed in children ages 5 to 15. This is usually characterized by a sore throat that has small whilte blisters in the back of it. There is no long-term immunity from strep, as kids can get this once a year, or even multiple times in the same year. If treated early and properly, there are no serious or lasting effects from the infection. However, it’s very important to know what you’re dealing with. To that end, here are some of the most common symptoms of strep throat.
Mostly in children, but sometimes in adults, having chills will set in before a fever does, and typically before the strep displays any other outward symptoms. Having the chills from an infection isn’t like those “cold chills” that go away with a hot cup of tea or a blanket. These are chills that are more like involuntary spasms, where the muscles contract quickly. So if you or your child is shaking and getting warmer doesn’t help, it might be the beginning signs of strep.