Strep Throat (cont.)
IN THIS ARTICLE
Strep Throat Causes
Patient Comments Read 10 Comments
Strep throat is caused by infection with Group A Streptococcus (GAS) bacteria, specifically Streptococcus pyogenes. The streptococcal infection invades the pharyngeal tissue and causes a localized inflammatory reaction. These bacterial organisms are often found in the throat or on the skin, and are responsible for other illnesses as well, such as impetigo (a skin infection). Some individuals may carry Group A Streptococcus in the throat or on the skin and not exhibit any signs or symptoms of disease (asymptomatic).
Is Strep Throat Contagious?
Strep throat is a contagious illness that is spread from person-to-person. It is usually transmitted by close contact with the saliva or nasal secretions from an infected individual, typically in the form of airborne respiratory droplets. For this reason, it is frequently seen in situations where individuals are in close proximity to each other, as in schools, college campuses, military barracks, day care centers, and family households. Food-borne outbreaks leading to strep throat are a very uncommon mode of transmission.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/27/2013
Must Read Articles Related to Strep Throat
Patient Comments & Reviews
The eMedicineHealth doctors ask about Strep Throat:
Strep Throat - Length Symptoms Lasted
How long did the symptoms of your strep throat last? Was there anything in particular that helped with pain/symptom relief?
Strep Throat - Experience
Please describe your experience with strep throat.
Strep Throat - Home Remedies
What remedies have you found helpful in soothing the symptoms of strep throat?
Strep Throat - Complications
What complications did you have, or someone you know had, from strep throat?
Strep Throat - Cause
What was the cause of your strep throat?
Strep Throat - Treatment
What treatment did you receive for your strep throat?