Sore throat is a painful inflammation of the pharynx. The pharynx (pronounced FAAR-ingks) is the part of the throat that lies between the mouth and larynx (pronounced LAAR-ingks), or a mailbox. It is most often associated with cold (see common cold entry) or influenza (flu: see influenza entry). While the most painful throat heal without complications, in some cases they develop into serious illness.
How is Strep Throat Transmitted?
Strep throat is transmitted directly from person to person through coughing, sneezing, and close contacts. Very occasionally strep throat is passed through food, when a food handler infected with strep throat accidentally contaminates food by coughing or sneezing.
Signs and Symptoms of Strep Throat
Signs and symptoms of strep