Strep Throat (cont.)
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What Increases Your Risk
Your risk of getting strep throat increases if you come in close contact with others, especially children, who have a strep infection.
The size of a child's tonsils is not a risk factor for throat infections. Children or adults who have had their tonsils removed can still get strep throat.
When To Call a Doctor
Call your doctor today if you have:
Call a doctor if the following symptoms develop 1 to 2 weeks or longer after a strep throat infection. These symptoms may indicate rheumatic fever.
Watchful waiting is appropriate if your sore throat occurs with symptoms like those of a cold such as sneezing, coughing, and a runny or stuffy nose. In general, the more coldlike symptoms you have, the less likely it is that your sore throat is caused by a strep infection. You can try home treatment if your sore throat is not severe and you have other symptoms of a cold.
Call a doctor if:
Who to See
The following health professionals can evaluate a sore throat, do quick tests or throat cultures, and prescribe antibiotic treatment if needed:
If surgery to remove chronically enlarged or infected tonsils or adenoids is suggested, you may be referred to an otolaryngologist.
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.
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