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How To Prevent Getting Strep Throat
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
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
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?
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
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
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