How to tell if your child has strep throat

Strep throat, or Streptococcus, is caused by a bacterial infection that can be passed through coughs, sneezes, kisses and saliva.

More common in children than in adults, strep often strikes when the immune system is fighting off the common cold or flu.

It is often difficult for parents to tell the difference between a sore throat caused by a viral infection, which usually does not require an antibiotic, or streptococcus.

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