What's Going Around: Strep Throat

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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) One of the most common "Back to School" health concerns is strep throat. The infection is highly contagious, especially among children.
Dr. Susan Fedewa at 98-point-6 Emergicenter says strep throat is spread through coughing, sneezing, or eating off someone's plate who is infected.

Common symptoms include a fever, red swollen tonsils, tiny red spots on the roof of the mouth, and swollen lymph nodes. People may also have a headache, stomach pains, nausea or vomiting.

Strep throat can not be diagnosed with just an examination. Doctors must do a strep test. If the test comes back positive, doctors will usually prescribe antibiotics. Most people start feeling better just a day or two after taking those medications.

Doctors say the best way to avoid getting strep throat in the first place is to wash your hands often, and avoid sharing utensils with people.