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It's winter in New England. And winter in New England is cold. We know this. But right now, we're at the beginning of an extra cold stretch. We figured you could help warm your fingers by typing an ending to the beginning of this sentence: "You know it's cold out when..." We think it's cold out when you take your glove off and your hand is cold just a few seconds later. Or when everything in your nostrils freezes up. Readers, what do you think? "You know it's cold out when..."
Learn why you should get your sore throat checked out and what to do about strep, or any other sore throat.
While there has been plenty of hype about the flu in the last year, another one of winter's unwelcome guests is strep throat. Strep is a common infection that travels readily between people, especially in crowded settings like schools. Like the flu, strep throat can lead to some very serious complications. Luckily, it is easy to test for and usually easy to treat. Strep throat usually causes a severe sore throat, but may cause other symptoms like headaches, a fever, and stomach pain. The throat of someone with strep may look red and inflamed, and sometimes white patches are visible on the tonsils. The only way to diagnose strep throat is with a throat culture, which will determine what bacteria is present. If you have a sore throat and …