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How serious an illness is strep throat?

Strep throat is a serious illness. You should see your doctor whenever you suspect you or your child has strep throat because it may cause other problems if left untreated, including heart problems and kidney problems. Symptoms of strep throat include a sore throat, swollen glands in the neck, fever and pus on the tonsils.

Strep throat, on its own, can usually be treated with antibiotics and, therefore, does not turn into a serious illness. But those who have had strep throat and have not sought out medical intervention, may be susceptible to complications. The bacteria that cause strep throat can also infect other areas of the body and cause swelling of the kidney and rheumatic fever that can affect joints and event the heart.

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