10/17/2014 12:36 EDT | Updated 05/26/2015 01:59 EDT

Strep Throat Symptoms: 11 Things To Know About The Bacterial Infection

As you gear up for cold and flu season by getting a flu shot, and stocking up on cold-fighting tea blends, don’t forget about the other illnesses that tend to strike during these chillier months.

Strep throat may be one of the most annoying winter ailments, but it doesn't have to keep you down for long.

Strep, characterized by a very sore throat, is most common in children and teens, according to the Mayo Clinic. However, strep throat can also show up when you're an adult.

Although you can be diagnosed at any time of year, strep is most common in late fall and early spring. It may seem like a minor illness (which it usually is), but strep can lead to serious complications if it isn't treated properly. And unlike colds, there are medications that can stop strep, caused by a bacteria, in its tracks.

Here are 11 things you need to know about strep throat and how to get it treated:

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