What can be mistaken for strep throat?


There are several conditions that can mimic the symptoms of strep throat, including:

  1. Viral infections such as the common cold, flu, or mononucleosis (also known as “mono”).
  2. Allergies that cause post-nasal drip and a sore throat.
  3. Acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) which can cause irritation and inflammation of the throat.
  4. Tonsillitis or pharyngitis caused by bacterial or viral infections.
  5. Chronic sinusitis which can cause a persistent sore throat.
  6. Epiglottitis, a serious bacterial infection that can cause severe throat pain and difficulty breathing.

It is important to consult a healthcare provider to accurately diagnose the cause of your sore throat, especially if you have symptoms such as a fever, swollen glands, difficulty swallowing or breathing, or a rash. A throat swab test may be performed to confirm whether strep throat is the cause of your symptoms.

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