A bacterial disease that is caused by the infection of the pharynx by Streptococcus bacteria. It is transferred between children and occurs between the months of October and April. That's because the medium of transmission is mucus, and kids tend to have runny noses during these months. Symptoms include:
  1. Sore throat or red throat
  2. difficulty swallowing
  3. sudden fever
  4. swolen lymph nodes on the neck
  5. nausea
  6. loss of apetite
Strep can be prevented by avoiding contact with those who have it. It is tested for with a throat culture, or by a blood test for antibodies.

If you get strep, don't sweat it; it's rarely damaging, although Streptococcus also causes scarlet fever. The best thing to do is to get some rest, take some antibiotics, and gargle with warm salt water several times a day. Taking an oral pain reliever also helps. Taking a lozenge may aggravate the condition. It should go away within a week.

Thanks to health.yahoo.com