Strep Throat Symptoms
Strep throat may be very mild, with only a few symptoms, or it may be severe. Often, persons with strep throat get sick 2 to 5 days after they are exposed to the bacteria that causes the illness.
Symptoms usually begin suddenly, and can include:
Fever that begins suddenly and is often highest on the second day
Red throat, sometimes with white patches
General discomfort, uneasiness or ill feeling
Loss of appetite and abnormal taste
Tender, swollen lymph nodes in the neck
Some strains of strep throat can lead to a scarlet fever-like rash. This rash is thought to be an allergic reaction to toxins made by the strep bacteria.