REACH Health Newsletter
Fight Strep Throat
How Do I Get Strep?
What Are the Symptoms of Strep?
The most common symptoms of strep throat include:
- Sore throat, usually starts quickly and can cause pain when swallowing
- A fever
- Red and swollen tonsils, sometimes with white patches or streaks of pus
- Tiny, red spots (petechiae) on the roof of the mouth (the soft or hard palate)
- Swollen lymph nodes in the front of the neck
Other symptoms may include headache, stomach pain, nausea, or vomiting. Someone with strep throat may also have a rash known as scarlet fever(https://www.cdc.gov/features/scarletfever/) (also called scarlatina).
Strep throat symptoms typically do not include:
- Runny nose
- Hoarseness (changes in your voice that makes it sound breathy, raspy, or strained)
- Conjunctivitis (also called pink eye(https://www.cdc.gov/features/conjunctivitis/))
Getting Well Fast
Antibiotics Get You Well Fast
Test results help your healthcare professional decide if you need antibiotics, which can:
- Decrease the length of time you’re sick
- Reduce your symptoms
- Help prevent the spread of infection to others
- Prevent more serious complications, such as tonsil and sinus infections, and acute rheumatic fever (a rare inflammatory disease that can affect the heart, joints, skin, and brain)
You should start feeling better in just a day or two after starting antibiotics. Call your healthcare professional if you don’t feel better after taking antibiotics for 48 hours. People with strep throat should stay home from work, school, or daycare until they no longer have a fever and have taken antibiotics for at least 24 hours so they don’t spread the infection to others.
Take the prescription exactly as your healthcare professional tells you. Don’t stop taking the medicine, even if you feel better, unless your healthcare professional tells you to stop taking it.
More Prevention Tips: Wash Those Hands
The best way to keep from getting strep throat is to wash your hands often. Also, avoid sharing eating utensils, like forks or cups. Anyone with a sore throat should wash their hands often and cover their mouth when coughing and sneezing. There is no vaccine to prevent strep throat.
REACH, let's keep those hands and the classrooms clean to prevent Strep.