Strep Throat


Testing for Strep

Doctors can test for strep by swabbing your throat to quickly see if Group A strep bacteria are causing a sore throat. A test is needed to see if you have strep, looking at your through is not enough to tell if you have strep.

What to take when having strep throat.

Doctors Say to take......

When having strep throat your doctor will proscribe you the following medicines...
  • Penicillin. This drug can be given by injection in some cases — such as if you have a young child who is having a hard time swallowing or is vomiting.
  • Amoxicillin. This drug is in the same as penicillin, but is often a preferred option for children because it tastes better and is available as a chewable tablet.

What to do so you don't get strep.....

  • Clean your hands. Proper hand cleaning is the best way to prevent all kinds of infections. That's why it's important to clean your own hands regularly and to teach you how to clean their hands properly, using soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Cover your mouth. Teach yourself to cover their mouths when they cough or sneeze.
  • Don't share personal items. If you or anyone else has strep throat, don't share drinking glasses or eating utensils. Wash those items carefully in hot, soapy water or in a dishwasher.