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Strep Throat Causes & Risks


Strep throat is caused by the bacterium Streptococcus pyogenes . It is spread by airborne droplets:

  • Coughing and sneezing of people who have strep throat
  • Touching a contaminated surface and then touching your eyes, nose, or mouth

Risk Factors

A risk factor is something that increases your chance of getting a disease or condition.

Risk factors for strep throat include:

  • Age: school-aged children
  • Family member or friend who has strep throat

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2022 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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