strep throat


Definition of strep throat

: an inflammatory sore throat caused by hemolytic Group A streptococci and marked by fever, prostration, and toxemia

called also septic sore throat

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Identified in 1999, PANDAS is a relatively new and controversial pediatric disorder where exposure to Group A strep, which causes strep throat, can trigger severe OCD symptoms. Erin Quinn-kong, Good Housekeeping, "Their Son Tested Positive for Strep Throat. Then Came the Severe OCD, Anxiety, and Hallucinations.," 2 Jan. 2019 Possible triggers for psoriasis include infections (like strep throat), certain medications, smoking, drinking heavily, skin injuries, and, yes, stress. Emily Wang, SELF, "‘Queer Eye’ Star Jonathan Van Ness Reveals He’s Been ‘Psoriasis Flare Free’ for Six Months," 29 June 2018 It had been thought streptococcal infections — the cause of strep throat — might be a trigger for some people who are genetically vulnerable to developing narcolepsy. Helen Branswell, STAT, "A stubborn medical mystery: Was pandemic flu vaccine tied to an increase in narcolepsy cases?," 5 July 2018 His son, Joe, got hepatitis and strep throat in 2012 from swallowing a little bit of water while surfing the Tijuana Slough – a popular big-wave surf spot south of Imperial Beach near the mouth of the Tijuana River. Gustavo Solis,, "How do you run a surf shop when sewage spills constantly close the beach?," 27 May 2018 If untreated, strep throat can cause complications, such as kidney inflammation or rheumatic fever., "Teens and their tonsils: When do they need to be out?," 1 Mar. 2018 About a week later, a bout with strep throat nearly knocked him out again. Steve Dimeglio, USA TODAY, "Justin Thomas fights for first win at Match Play; Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson fall," 21 Mar. 2018 Hendricks scratched: Kyle Hendricks was scratched his minor-league start Tuesday because of strep throat. Mark Gonzales,, "Ben Zobrist adds another position to his arsenal: First base," 20 Mar. 2018 Chiozza, the team’s hottest player the past month, pitched in a couple of big 3s of his own to shake off a sluggish start due to strep throat and ignite the Gators. Edgar Thompson,, "Gators ride red-hot start from Egor Koulechov to sixth straight win, 71-54 over Mississippi State," 10 Jan. 2018

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English Language Learners Definition of strep throat

medical : a painful infection of the throat caused by streptococcus bacteria

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Kids Definition of strep throat

: a sore throat that is accompanied by fever and caused by a bacterium

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Medical Definition of strep throat

: an inflammatory sore throat caused by hemolytic Group A streptococci and marked by fever, prostration, and toxemia

called also septic sore throat, strep sore throat

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