What's Going Around: Strep Throat

EAST LANSING, Mich. (WSYM) - Dr. Belinda Miller at Kids First Immediate Care in East Lansing says she's seen a recent uptick in cases of strep throat.

Symptoms of the bacterial infection include a sudden and severe sore throat, pain when swallowing, fever, swollen lymph nodes, fatigue and a headache. Patients usually have white or yellow patches on the tonsils and the throat.

If you think you have strep throat, see a doctor. If confirmed by a test, strep throat is usually treated with antibiotics.

Patients can take ibuprofen, gargle with salt water, and drink fluids to ease the symptoms.

Dr. Miller recommends avoiding contact with anyone who is infected. As always, make sure you wash your hands often.