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A lot of people think strep throat is a seasonal disease, but it's not. The bacterial infection still shows up in the summer.

Nurse Practitioner Linda Eckerson at McLaren Greater Lansing-DeWitt Family Medicine is treating strep this week.

Symptoms include: sudden, severe sore throat; pain when swallowing; fever over 101 degrees; tender, swollen lymph nodes; fatigue and headache. As the infection progresses, you may also have white or yellow patches on the tonsils and throat.

If you have a sore throat and a fever, you should see a doctor. Strep is treated with antibiotics.

You can also take Motrin or Tylenol for fever or pain, gargle with salt water, rest, and drink fluids.

Strep usually runs its course within three to seven days.

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