- 1). Consider strep throat when a sore throat is accompanied by swollen and tender lymph nodes in the neck.
- 2). Monitor for a fever if strep throat is a possible consideration. Viral sore throats can also cause an elevated temperature though less frequently.
- 3). Remember that strep throat is more common in children less than 15 years old. If sore throat occurs in someone older than 45 years of age strep throat is less likely.
- 4). Watch for sore throat, fatigue, muscle aches and headache in the absence of cough when considering the possibility of strep throat.
- 5). Look for swollen or inflamed tonsils and white exudates when checking for strep throat. Many viral infections including mononucleosis can present with white tonsillar exudates as well so look for additional criteria.
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