When you get that sore throat coming on, do you automatically think of strep throat? Is strep throat the only thing that causes a sore throat and swollen glands in the neck? The answer of course is no. There are several diseases that can mimic having strep throat and there are subtle ways of knowing which are which.When the condition is, in fact, strep throat, you have a serious sore throat, swollen glands in the neck, and a high fever. You usually have no nasal symptoms and your voice isn’t that hoarse. You hardly ever have a cough and the throat feels full, just like you have golf balls in it. Watch video in link below
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you have, for example, a virus that is causing a cold, most notably an adenovirus infection, your symptoms are a bit different. Your throat feels tender but you mostly have a scratchy or itchy throat. The tonsils may be red but generally aren’t as swollen as they are in strep throat. You generally have nasal congestion along with the sore throat and this can be a lot of nasal congestion. Generally the nasal congestion is worse than the sore throat when you have a cold virus. You have little or no fever when you are suffering from this condition. You don’t usually have to see the doctor as this condition is self-limited and you’ll get better in a week or so.You can have a sore throat when the condition is, in fact, bronchitis. The soreness in the throat involves the lower part of the throat and often is scratchy.