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Can You Prevent Strep Throat?

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When you start to feel that intense tingling in the back of your throat do you automatically think “I have strep throat”?  According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sore throats can have a variety of causes, such as; viruses, allergies, bacteria, environmental irritants, etc.  While most sore throats will heal on their own, some throat infections, including strep, may need antibiotic treatment.

How do you get Strep Throat?

Strep throat can be transferred from one person to the next through contact with droplets from an infected persons’ cough or sneeze.  Drinking from the same glass or sharing from the same plate are also ways to catch strep throat.

Signs of Strep

Information provided by: CDC.gov

  • Sore throat, that comes on rather quickly
  • Severe pain when swallowing
  • A fever (101 degrees and above)
  • Swollen, red tonsils; sometimes white pus will form in the shape of patches or streaks
  • Tiny red spots on the roof and/or back of your mouth
  • Headache
  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Body aches
  • Rash

But is it the Real Thing?

A simple test from your doctor will get you the results quickly.  When it comes to strep a quick look at the throat will not be enough to make a diagnosis.  In order to clarify it is strep that you are dealing with, you will need to take a test (which is just a quick swab of the throat).  If the test is positive, your doctor can prescribe some antibiotics.  If for any reason the test comes back negative, your doctor can take a culture of your throat to test the bacteria levels.

Are Antibiotics Necessary?

YES!

  • Antibiotics will help reduce the length of time you are sick and also reduce your symptoms.
  • Antibiotics will help decrease the spread of infection to family and friends
  • Antibiotics can also prevent complications with the tonsils and even sinus infections

Please note: Stay home from school or work for at least 24 AFTER starting antibiotic treatment.  After starting antibiotics, if you don’t start feeling better within 48 hours, call your doctor. 

Way to Prevent Strep Throat

  • Wash your hands often
  • Don’t share utensils
  • If you currently have strep, wash your hands with soap and water every time you sneeze and/or cough
  • There is NO vaccine to prevent strep

Sources:

http://www.cdc.gov/Features/StrepThroat/

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