Strep throat is caused by bacteria, and is passed to one another through mouth and nose secretions. It usually starts with a very sore throat and a fever. Taking antibiotics usually works well. Without medicine, strep can go on to more serious problems, such as rheumatic fever, scarlet fever and kidneys problems. Strep may also cause a skin infection called impetigo, which looks like yellow-crusted sores around the nose and mouth.
If you are unsure, please take your child to the doctor to be tested to be safe! Treatment typically involves antibiotics and a few days out of school.
Georgia Odell, RN