Strep Throat

By Olivia Pullen

How is Strep throat contracted?

Strep throat is an infection in the throat caused by A Streptococcus bacteria. The bacteria is contracted by through contact with droplets from a person who has it. If you come in contact with a droplet from their body that contains that bacteria you could get Strep throat.
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What are symptoms of Strep throat?

Symptoms of Strep throat are:

  • Fever( 101 degrees or above
  • Sore throat(more severe when swallowing)
  • Red and swollen tonsils, white patches aor streaks of pus
  • Swollen limpnodes on the front of the neck

Health Effects of Strep Throat

If Strep throat progresses to acute rheumatic fever( a inflammatory disease) it can cause damage to heart valves. Your heart valves causes your blood to flow throw the heart in one direction. If your heart valves are damaged your they can allow your blood to go back into your heart chambers. This may later cause heart failure or cardiac arrest. Strep throat can also affect your joints, skin, and brain.

How do you treat Strep Throat?

There is no vaccine to get rid to stop Strep Throat. To get rid of Strep throat you need to wash your hands often. Avoid sharing utensils and cups to prevent the disease from spreading. You can take antibiotics such as amoxicillin, penicillin, etc.The antibiotics will help to reduce the length of time that you have strep throat. It will also reduce the symptoms.