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How long does strep throat in children last?

Strep throat in children generally lasts for about a week (two to seven days). The symptoms can be severe, causing levels of discomfort during swallowing that make a child not want to eat. Other symptoms include redness and white patches in the throat, swollen lymph nodes and fever. If the sore throat lasts longer than a week, it was most likely not caused by Streptococcal bacteria and may be virus related.
Jennifer Logan, MD
Family Medicine
Most children’s strep throat symptoms should completely resolve within one week, with appropriate treatment. If children display any lingering or new symptoms, they should see their doctor.

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