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How does strep throat affect the body?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Once the streptococcus bacteria group A enters your nose or mouth, the germs will attack the tissues of your throat. Certain areas of the throat may even swell, like your tonsils, which is a sign that your immune system is trying to fight off infection. As the bacteria grow, the pain in your throat will develop and you may have a fever that signals your body is still fighting.

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