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Strep Throat


Strep Throat: Strep throat is bacterial throat infections that can make your throat feel sore and scratchy. Only a small portion of sore throats are the result of strep throat. It is important to identify strep throat for a number of reasons. If untreated strep throat can sometimes cause complications such as kidney inflammation and rheumatic fever.

Strep throat is most common between the ages of 5 and 15 but it affects people of all ages. Strep throat is spread by person-to-person contact with fluids from the nose or saliva. It commonly spreads among family or household members.  People with strep throat should stay home from school, daycare, or work until they have been on antibiotics for at least a day.
 
Get a new toothbrush after two or three days, but before finishing the antibiotics. Otherwise, the bacteria can live on the toothbrush and re-infect you when the antibiotics are done. Also, keep your family's toothbrushes and utensils separate, unless they have been washed.
 
Symptoms appear about 2 - 5 days after coming in contact with the strep germ. They may be mild or severe and include:
  •     Fever that may begin suddenly and is often the highest on the second day
  •     Chills
  •     Red, sore throat that may have white patches
  •     Pain when swallowing
  •     Swollen, tender neck glands 
  •    General ill feeling
  •    Loss of appetite
  •    Headache
  •    Nausea

You should call your doctor if you or your child develops the symptoms of strep throat. Also, call if symptoms do not get better within 24 - 48 hours of starting treatment.

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