Strep throat is a contagious bacterial infection that affects the throat and tonsils. The bacteria also cause your throat to be sore and scratchy. This illness accounts for only a small percentage of sore throats. However, it can cause serious complications if left untreated.
Strep throat is contagious through airborne droplets, contaminated surfaces, and shared food. Typically occurring between late fall and early spring, it is most common in school-aged children and teens.
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Most sore throats (also known as pharyngitis) are caused by viruses like the common cold or flu. In these instances, sore throats usually improve on their own.
Sore throats can also be caused by a streptococcus bacterial infection. The resulting strep throat can be treated with antibiotics to prevent complications.