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  • Both cause a red, sore throat
  • Both may cause fever
  • BUT if any one of these symptoms is also present, the likelihood of having Strep throat is greater than 50%:
    • Swollen tonsils in the back of the throat – with or without white spots
    • Tiny, flat red dots on the roof of the mouth
    • Enlarged, tender lymph nodes on the front side of the neck and under the jaw
    • Vomiting
    • A sand-papery red rash, mostly on the stomach and back

The only way to be 100% sure if you or your child has strep throat is to go see a health care provider and get a Strep test. Treatment is easy: take 10 days of prescribed antibiotics like penicillin or amoxicillin, which will also prevent the rare complication of rheumatic fever. But note: sore throats caused by viruses are WAY more common.  Look for other signs above and Get Smart, Not Sick!