All A to Z Topics

Streptococcal infections

Syndication_logo
Introduction
Streptococcal infections are any type of infection caused by a type of bacteria called streptococcal or ‘strep’ for short. Strep A is the most common type.
Symptoms of streptococcal infections
The most common symptoms of a group A streptococcus (GAS) throat infection are swollen tonsils, enlarged neck glands, sore throat and discomfort when swallowing.
Causes of streptococcal infections
Group A streptococcus (GAS) throat infections are spread in a similar way to colds and flu.
Treating streptococcal infections
The treatment for a streptococcal infection will vary depending on which type you have. A throat infection usually passes without the need for medication.
Preventing streptococcal infections
The spread of all streptococcal bacteria can be reduced by good hygiene, such as regularly washing your hands with soap after coughing and sneezing.