• Strep Throat / Scarlet Fever
    Inside view of open mouth revealing strep throat signs of white patches, mucus and red swollen tonsils.

    What is strep throat/scarlet fever?

    Strep throat and scarlet fever are different forms of a bacterial disease caused by infection with group A (beta-hemolytic) streptococci.

    How do you get strep throat/scarlet fever?

    What are the symptoms of strep throat/ scarlet fever?

    When do symptoms start?

    Symptoms usually begin 1 to 3 days after exposure to group A streptococcal bacteria.

    What is the treatment for strep throat/scarlet fever?

    Strep throat and scarlet fever can be treated with antibiotics prescribed by your doctor.

    If left untreated or only partially treated (i.e., not taking all of the prescribed medications), strep infection may occasionally lead to rheumatic fever or kidney disease.

    Should people with strep throat be excluded from school or work?

    Yes. Untreated individuals can transmit the bacteria for several weeks. With adequate treatment, the contagious period is reduced to 48 hours or less.

    Persons infected with strep throat may return to school or work 24 hours after beginning antibiotic therapy.

    How do you avoid strep throat?