10 Things You Should Know About Strep Throat

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10 Things You Should Know About Strep Throat

10 Things to Know about Strep Throat
by Megan McQuillen

10.  What is strep throat?
Strep throat is an infection of the tonsils and the throat, causing inflammation and redness. If left untreated, it can spread and cause infections in the heart. 

9. What causes strep throat?
Strep throat is caused by a group of bacteria known as Streptococcus.

8. How is strep throat spread?
Strep throat spreads by spreading the bacteria. Person to person contact and coming into contact with contaminated objects is how the bacteria spread.

7. What are common symptoms of strep throat?
Typical symptoms include a fever (usually 101 F and higher), sore throat, chills, headache, difficulty swallowing and talking, and swollen tonsils. Less common symptoms include vomiting, skin rash, body aches, and loss of appetite.

6. How long before symptoms become noticeable?
Once infected, symptoms usually take between 2 to  5 days to become noticeable.

5. What is the difference between strep throat and a sore throat?
Strep throat is caused by the bacteria Streptococcus. Any infection caused by this bacteria, it is then called Strep throat. If the infection is not caused by this bacteria, then it is jus considered a sore throat.

4. How is strep throat diagnosed?
There are multiple tests that can be done to diagnose the infection, but must be done by a physician. The two most common tests are the Rapid Strep Test and the Strep Culture Test. Both of these include swabbing the throat and tonsils to check for the presence of the Streptococcus bacteria.

3. How is strep throat treated?
Antibiotics are typically prescribed to cure strep throat, and is usually advised to take up to 10 days. To relieve symptoms such as sore throat, gargle salt water and drink plenty of water.

2. How can strep throat be prevented?
Since strep throat is spread from person-to-person contact and contact with contaminated objects, the number one way to prevent becoming infected is by practicing good hygiene. Like any other illness, washing your hands properly is the number one way of prevention.

1. Is strep throat deadly?
No, strep throat is not deadly. However, if untreated, the bacteria can spread to other parts of the body, mainly the kidneys and heart. This can cause infection of the respective area, which can become fatal.

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