Strep throat is
caused by streptococcal (strep) bacteria, most often by group A beta-hemolytic
streptococcus (GABS). Other types of strep that can sometimes infect the throat
are groups C and G strep bacteria.
A strep infection causes the
throat (pharynx) and the
tonsils or adenoids to become irritated,
inflamed, and painful.
Sore throats are
most commonly caused by
viral infections or other irritants such as smoke,
allergies, dry air, or a throat injury, and not by a strep infection. For more
information, see the topic
How the strep infection is spread
Strep throat can
be passed from person to person. When a person infected with strep throat
breathes, coughs, or sneezes, tiny droplets containing the strep bacteria are
released into the air and are breathed in by other people.
This answer should not be considered medical advice...This answer should not be considered medical advice and should not take the place of a doctor’s visit. Please see the bottom of the page for more information or visit our Terms and Conditions.
Thanks for your feedback.
11 of 20 found this helpful
Read the Original Article: Strep Throat-Cause WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
© 1995-2011 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.