Swelling in the neck often associated as mumps or symptoms of cancer of the lymph nodes.Yet according to experts, strep throat can also cause the appearance of swelling in the neck.
Dr. Syahrial M Hutauruk, SpTHT-KL (K), Chairman of the pharynx larynx Division, Department of Ear, Nose and Throat, Faculty of Medicine, University of Indonesia – Cipto Mangunkusumo, said the sore throat caused by streptococcus bacteria can cause a swelling in the neck.This happens because the bacteria infects the lymph nodes.
“Strep throat of this type is referred to as streptococcal pharyngitis. So radanga throat or inflammation in the back of the mouth due to bacterial infection Streptococcus group A,” said Dr. Syahrial, in a media briefing Betadine Mouthwash in Blue Jasmine Restaurant, Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta, Tuesday ( 01.11.2016).
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Explained Dr. Syahrial, streptococcal pharyngitis usually have symptoms of severe pain on swallowing, high fever above 48 degrees Celsius until the swelling of the lymph nodes.Swollen lymph nodes is a cause of swelling in the neck.
“Therefore, not all swollen neck that because mumps or cancer of the lymph nodes (linmfoma). Strep throat is caused by bacterial infection can also be caused swelling in the neck,” he added.
This disease attacks the vulnerable children aged 5 to 15 years.This is because at that age, lymph nodes are still in the growth stage and incomplete, making it vulnerable to infection.
Dr. Syahrial said the disease will also be cured by treatment with antibiotics.Within 7-14 days, sore throat and swelling will subside in the neck will be lost following the improvement of the patient’s condition.
Prevention of streptococcal pharyngitis can be done with hand hygiene and cutlery.If there is a family or office colleagues who have this infection, do not hesitate to use a mask because infection can occur 1-3 days after infection.
“If the infection recurs, in that year could be up to more than 3 times, how to prevent it is to lift the tonsils (tonsillectomy) for ordinary bacteria live there,” he concluded.