Help patients differentiate sore throats from strep

Communicators can share information about an ailment that could be just a bothersome sore throat or the more serious bacterial streptococcus.

Sore throats can be annoying and a bit confusing.

As part of patient education, consider sharing details about how to differentiate a sore throat from one that’s infected with Group A bacterial streptococcus.

Cleveland Clinic’s infographic breaks down the two, noting the cause, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of each.

One interesting point is that if a person is coughing, it’s typically not strep.

Other signs of sore throats include:

  • Discomfort
  • Scratchy throat
  • Difficulty swallowing

See the full infographic.


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