Strep & Symptoms

  • We are seeing an increase of strep diagnosis in the school district.  Please watch your child for symptoms which usually appear 2-5 days after exposure.
    strep Common Signs and Symptoms: 

    • Stomachache and sometimes vomiting/diarrhea 
    • Headache
    • Fever
    • Severe pain in legs and/or arms
    • Throat pain
    • Difficulty swallowing
    • Red and swollen tonsils, sometimes with white patches or streaks of pus
    • Tiny red spots on the soft or hard palate — the area at the back of the roof of the mouth
    • Swollen, tender lymph glands (nodes) in your neck

    For accurate diagnosis, a throat culture needs to be taken.  Symptoms generally occur 2-3 days before a culture will show positive results.  Following a culture being taken, your child should remain at home until you know the results.  If medication is prescribed for strep throat, your child needs to be on the medication for 12 hours before returning to school.

    Please contact your school’s nurse’s office if your child becomes ill with strep throat or if you have any questions or concerns.