Dr. Oz: Sore Throat Vs. Strep Throat – How to Prevent Step Throat


Doctor Oz wants everyone to know the difference between Step Throat and Sore Throat.  Strep throat is caused by a bacterial infection, so you will need antibiotics for it.  How do you know when to go to the doctor and when it is just a sore throat?

Signs of Strep Throat:

1.  Swollen lymph nodes is a classic sign of strep throat.


  1. Malinda Joyce says

    Reg. Strep throat————straight penicillin is the only thing I have found that works for Strep.
    I had Rheumatic Fever as a child——the Penicillin worked.

    Antibiotics don’t work for me.

    Is there a generic form of straight penicillin and can penicillin be bought over the counter. If so, what is the name?

  2. Deanna says

    Me and my 6 year old daughter are strep carriers.. its usually always accompanied with a severe fever and swelling. I can’t take penicillian, makes me sick to my stomach, but amoxicillian or the 5 step antibiotics work wonders for us. All prescription though. I don’t think they make antibiotics without a script.

  3. Natasha says

    Why is the caption in the accompanying picture labelled as ‘lady doctor’? Are pictures of male drs labelled on this website as ‘man doctor…’?

  4. Deb says

    @ Natasha, the picture is labelled “lady doctor” because that’s how the modelling agency, NOT this website, labelled it. If you click on the caption the link will take you to Crestock Royalty Free Images, which is the firm that supplied the photo. The caption “lady doctor” is their way of marking the image to make it easier to search for something specific. It was not meant to be
    “condescending!”, don’t be so sensitive. The next time you want to complain about something, get off your high horse, research and get your facts right first.

  5. Michelle Conklin says

    You may want to consider clarifying the use of Aspirin. It cannot be used in children. Even your picture makes the article look like it’s written to treat kids. Thank you.

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