What Are the Symptoms of Strep Throat in Adults?

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Strep throat symptoms in adults include sudden and severe sore throats, difficulty or pain when swallowing, and swollen lymph nodes in the neck, according to WebMD. Some patients may also experience a fever of 101 degrees Fahrenheit or higher and white or yellow spots on the throat and tonsils.

Adults with strep throat may also have dark- or bright-red spots near the back of the throat or on the roof of the mouth, explains WebMD. Patients with strep throat sometimes have swollen tonsils, especially if the condition is caused by a viral infection.

Strep throat may also cause adults to experience headaches, develop a rash and suffer from fatigue, according to Mayo Clinic. A physician should be consulted if a sore throat lasts longer than 48 hours, the fever spikes, or if the patient has problems breathing or swallowing. Patients who have dark urine a week after the infection begins should seek medical attention as this symptom may indicate inflammation of the kidneys.

Strep throat is commonly treated with antibiotics such as amoxicillin or penicillin, according to Mayo Clinic. Patients can also take ibuprofen or acetaminophen to minimize sore throat pain and reduce fevers associated with this particular medical condition.