- 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
- 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!