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How Can Strep Throat Be Prevented
My three year old was just diagnosed with strep throat for the third time in a month. How to prevent this?
Reculture for strep: Your doctor should recheck her throat culture after completing her current course of antibiotics. If that test is positive with no symptoms, your child should be treated with a special antibiotic to treat the carrier state. Family contacts should be checked regardless of lack of symptoms. If your child is in daycare, you may want to mention it to the director to alert parents of this issue. ...Read more
Hello, I am 16 and my girlfriend just got strep throat, i don't necessarily have it yet but what are some things i can do to prevent/help the chances?
Hand Washing: Avoid individuals with known strep infections. Wash hands frequently, especially when around children and during cold season. Control chronic allergy symptoms. If you have frequent or chronic throat infections, consider seeing eat, nose & throat specialist to evaluate. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Nothing: Strep throat is caused by a bacteria that you catch from someone else. You can best prevent it by careful hygiene, like using your own towels, toothbrushes, glasses, etc., doing good handwashing, and keeping your hands clean with soap and water and sanitizer when exposure is possible. If someone gets many severe cases, taking out the tonsils can be considered but has risks involved. ...Read more
See your doctor: Strep throat is spread by contact with someone with strep so if you have children you might be getting it from them or if you are around children- It is important that you have a strep culture every time and not just someone looking in and saying it is strep Removing the tonsils can help and you may want to ask your doctor about seeing an ENT doctor ...Read more
I've had strep throat 3x this yr and I am afraid I have it again. My son is 4 and has also had it several times. Can we take something to prevent?
Strep thorat: You are probably a carrier of goup a streptococcus bacteria that causes strep throat, one of the recommnedations for recurrent infection ( more than three episodes in a year) is tonsillectomy, the episodes of infection lensens over time regardless the measure taken to prevent it, treatment with antibiotics is not recommend to prevent recurrence either. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: For significant sore throat with swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician & get a streph throat test. If you have streph throat, antibiotic therapy is imperative to prevent future compications. Consider tylenol (acetaminophen) or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications. Saltwater gargles: mix 1 tsp salt in 8 oz warm water – gargle several times a day. Or gargle with aloe vera juice twice a day. ...Read more
I have strep throat and I kissed my fiancé. I did not know that I had it at the time. What show he do to prevent from get it as well?
Depends: The fact that u r aware that u have strep throat suggests u have been examined and may already be on antibiotics. In that case u r not contagious. If not then u shd have him gargle with salt water 3-4 times a day or with hydrogen peroxide gargles. If in spite of that he starts developing sore throat he wld need to see his doctor and get started on antibiotics himself. ...Read more
I constantly get strep throat about 3 to four times a year.Can removing my tonsils help prevent step throat? What are other things I can do to stop it
Yes and no: The removal of the palatine tonsils can reduce the "intensity" of illness when you get strep in the future, but it does not prevent you from getting it. After the tonsils are removed, there are still tissues and glands in the throat that can become infected, with the same risk of immune mediated complications. ...Read more
Does apple cider vinegar or garlic prevent strep throat? Can they be used to treat strep throat? Or both -- can they prevent and treat strep?
No: Neither do anything at all as preventive or therapy. ...Read more
I have strep throat and have swelling which os preventing me from swallowing. should i crush the pill even though there will be some loss of the pill?
See answer: U have a few options: 1. u can call your doctor and ask for a suspension of the antibiotic that u r taking which may be available.2. U can ask for a pain killer in a liquid or syrup form - take it &wait an hour &once pain is minimal take ur pill 3. Crush pill &make it into a suspension with a Litte water &swallow it 4. Ask ur doctor for a long acting penicillin shot- single shot suffices. ...Read more
Part of Strep: Scarlet fever is produced by the breakdown if you will of the strep bacteria. Not everyone who has "strep" develops the rash. The scarlet fever rash is more common in children. If you suspect you have a strep infection, seek treatment asap in order to avoid complications. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Streptococcus pyogenes, the bacteria behind strep throat is naturally colonized in some folks. When it is actually infecting you, that is, provoking an immune response in you, it can produce significant problems if left unchecked including rheumatic fever and subsequent heart valve disease later. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Throat infection: "strep" throat is an infection of the throat or tonsils caused by a type of bacteria called group a streptococcus. Usually accompanied by fever, headache, or nausea, strep is one if the few throat infections treated with antibiotics. Strep can only be reliably diagnosed with a throat swab. Although most cases resolve on their own, complications can arise if untreated within 10 days. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Usually not: This germ is in the mucous secretions of the carriers. They might be able to cough a few out, but they would dry out soon & die. Most pick it up through casual contact.Person A puts fingers in mouth,touches doorknob painting it with strep.Person B opens door and eventually touches face/mouth, completing the pass. It is much less contagious than chickenpox, where a cough is common + airborne spread ...Read more
No you will not if y: If you have been diagnosed with sterp throat you have to be treatedc with ba full course of antibiotics for 10 days to prevent scarlet fever, acute nephritis, rheumatic fever and spread of infection to ears, sinuses, lungs etc if you treat properly you will not bhave any problems. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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