Spotlight On Health
My Throat Hurts!
If someone in your family or at school has strep throat, there is a good chance you may get it too. Strep throat is spread when healthy people come into contact with people who have it. When a person with strep throat sneezes or blows his or her nose and you are close by, or if you share the same forks, spoons, or straws, the bacteria can spread to you. If you get strep throat, you will start to feel sick within 5 days after you’ve been exposed to it.
What will you do? Tell your parents! Go to the doctor! Your doctor will look into your mouth to see if your throat is red and your tonsils are swollen and covered with white or yellow spots. He or she will also look for small red spots on the roof of your mouth.Most of the time, strep will give you a sore throat, headache, stomach ache, and fever.
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