Strep Throat

By: Alex Duncan

How is Strep Throat contracted

This bacteria is located in the nose or the throat. If you touch your mouth, nose, or eyes after touching something that has these droplets on it, you may become ill. Even if you drink in the same glass of a person that is infected, you then can be infected as well.

What is Strep Throat

Strep Throat is a infection in the throat caused by group A Streptococcus bacteria (called "group A strep").

Symptoms of Strep Throat

Health effects of Strep Throat

One of the health effects from the Strep Throat are Scarlet Fever, This illness affects a small percentage of people who have strep throat or, less commonly, streptococcal skin infections. Scarlet fever is treatable with antibiotics and usually is a mild illness, but it needs to be treated to prevent rare but serious long-term health problems. Treatment with antibiotics also helps clear up symptoms faster and reduces spread to other people

How is Strep Throat treated

Antibiotics are not needed to treat most sore throats, which usually improve on their own within 1–2 weeks. Antibiotics will not help if a sore throat is caused by a virus or irritation from the air. Antibiotic treatment in these cases may cause harm in both children and adults. Your healthcare professional may prescribe other medicine or give you tips to help with other symptoms like fever and coughing.

Antibiotics are needed if a healthcare professional diagnoses you or your child with strep throat, which is caused by bacteria. This diagnosis can be done using a quick swab of the throat. Strep throat cannot be diagnosed by looking in the throat—a lab test must be done.

Antibiotics are prescribed for strep throat to prevent rheumatic fever