by HEALTHY HEART CLINICS
What is strep throat?
Most sore throats are normally caused by a virus. However, strep is caused by a specific bacteria. Strep throat is a bacterial infection in the throat and tonsils that can make your throat feel sore and scratchy. This bacteria is called group A strep, also known as Streptococcus. According to the CDC, it takes two to five days for someone exposed to group A strep bacteria (Streptococcus) to become ill with strep throat. Strep throat can lead to more serious compilations if not treated immediately, such as kidney inflammation and rheumatic fever.
What are symptoms of strep?
According to the CDC, symptoms of strep include:
- Painful swallowing
- Dry throat or scratchy throat
- Rapid onset of sore throat
- Red and swollen tonsils, sometimes with white patches or streaks of pus
- Tiny red spots on the roof of the mouth
- Swollen lymph nodes in the front of the neck
When should I see my provider?
If you are feeling symptoms of strep throat, see a provider for treatment. Your provider will determine the type of illness you have based on a physical exam and asking about your symptoms. If your provider thinks it is strep throat, they will do a strep test or a throat culture. Strep throat is treated with antibiotics. Commonly, symptoms of strep throat lessen within starting antibiotics within 48 hours. If you are not feeling better after 48 hours, call your provider.
How can I improve my quality of life?
- Take your medications as prescribed by your provider.
- Stay home and avoid contact with to cease the spread. The CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone and you have been taking antibiotics for at least 12 hours. Your fever should be gone without the need to use fever-reducing medicine.
- Wash your hands.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow
- Avoid touching your face.
- Rest. Rest is required for your body to fight off the virus. Not resting can prolong your symptoms.
- Stay hydrated. Staying hydrated can help you get better faster and reduce risks of complications. Even if you don’t feel thirsty, sip on water, juice, or broth throughout your day.
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