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What's going around? Strep Throat

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This week News 2 noticed several mentions from parents who have children with Strep throat on social media.

Across the Lowcountry, folks are finding themselves with sore throats.

"I have a lot of patients who don't come to the doctor because they think it is just a sore throat and they can't imagine that it is something that could harm the," Dr. Barron Nason with Nason Medical Center said.

Doctors remind that you should make sure that your sore throat is not a bacterial Streptococcal or "Strep" infection.

"Most of the cases that we see of pharyngitis are viral and require no treatment whatsoever. But when it is bacterial, it is important to get eradicated with antibodies," Nason said.

In the past 7 weeks, Nason Medical Center has seen about 343 cases of Strep. The highest week was May 5 through May 11 with 62 cases. Nason says this is not uncommon.

"We see Strep throughout the year which is different from other types of infections like influenza and RSV," Nason said.

"If you have Strep Throat and you do not go to the doctor, most of the time it will resolve on it's own, with no problems afterwards," Nason said.

In rare cases you can develop serious complications.

"If untreated, it can lead to heart disease and even kidney disease," Nason continued.

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