Strep throat (pharyngitis) is an ailment characterized by inflammation of the pharynx (throat). This infection is common in school kids. The bacteria that cause Strep throat (group A streptococcus are highly contagious and the schoolyard is a perfect breeding ground. Therefore it is very important to teach your child the importance of hand washing.
A sore throat (pharyngitis) is an ailment characterised by inflammation of the throat (pharanyx – the passageway that connects the oral and nasal cavities) and many cases are caused by viruses such as Adenoviruses & Rhinoviruses, from Streptococcus Bacteria or as a result of Candida over proliferation (thrush, bloating, wind). Many people experience this symptom as a result of the common cold, flu viruses, glandular fever, chronic fatigue, swollen glands, tonsillitis, chronic smoking habits, exposure to allergens. Most cases occur during the colder months and often spread among family members. Usually symptoms are short lived and will disappear without any complications. However, long term pharyngitis may lead to further complications and therefore requires attention if it lasts for longer than one week. A doctor will prescribe antibiotics for this complaint, however antibiotics are effective on bacterial infections only, and do not have an effect on viruses (e.g. tonsilitis).
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