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Should I talk to a doctor about my strep throat symptoms?

Strep throat will need medical treatment to keep it from turning into a more serious illness, like rheumatic fever (inflammatory disease). Contact your doctor if you are showing signs of strep. Since strep throat may seem like a viral illness on the surface, your doctor will want to confirm the diagnosis with laboratory tests such as a throat swab or culture.

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