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Is strep throat preventable?

Is strep throat preventable?

It depends.: Generally, a strep throat occurs as a result of the overgrowth of bacteria lining your tonsils. A strep throat is usually treated with antibiotics. A once in a blue moon infection does not have any reasonable or necessary preventable means except keeping good oral hygiene. Chronic or recurring strep throat however may lead to removal of the tonsils which does prevent future infections. ...Read more

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Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more


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What can you do to prevent strep throat?

What can you do to prevent strep throat?

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 more

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What can I take to prevent strep throat re occurring ?

What can I take to prevent strep throat re occurring ?

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

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Why am I constantly getting strep throat? How can I prevent this?

Why am I constantly getting strep throat? How can I prevent this?

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

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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?

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 more

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My three year old was just diagnosed with strep throat for the third time in a month. How to prevent this?

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

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Can you recommend a home remedy to prevent strep throat?

Can you recommend a home remedy to prevent strep throat?

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

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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?

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

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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

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

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I have a sore throat and feel a strep throat coming on. Is there any over-the-counter medication i can take to prevent this from happening?

No: Strep throat is a bacterial infection that takes root no matter what preventative measures you may employ. Now if it's a viral infection instead, then some homeopathic remedies may help a bit, like echinacea. However, staying well hydrated and resting is the best medicine. ...Read more

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What is strep throat?

Specific infection: A strep throat is a bacterial infection of the throat (pharynx), tonsils or both caused by the bacteria group a streptococcus. Unfortunately common usage has deteriorated to mean sore throat in general. This is inaccurate. Many more viruses cause sore throats than streptococcal bacteria. Fever & sore throat for more than 2 days without cold symptoms suggests possible strep. A culture is best dx. ...Read more

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What exactly is strep throat?

What exactly is strep throat?

Steptococcus pyogene: It is a throat infection due to streptococcus pyogenes (a bacteria), also known as group a beta-strep. This is the same organism known as the "flesh-eating" bacteria. The major risk here is acute rheumatic fever if the strep throat is not treated properly. This occurs after recovery from the throat infection. ...Read more

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How was strep throat discovered?

How was strep throat discovered?

Microbiology: Anton van Leeuwenhoek, a scientist and microbiologist from Holland, discovered strep throat. He conducted various experiments and came up with different methods for using microscopes. He is famous for many biological discoveries and is often considered as the “Father of Microbiology” for his contributions. ...Read more

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What are the causes of strep throat?

What are the causes of strep throat?

Bacteria: Strep is caused by the streptococcal bacteria of which there are several strains. Grp a is the throat problem most of the time.Antibiotics are necessary to prevent serious complications. ...Read more

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What are the vectors in strep throat?

What are the vectors in strep throat?

People usually: The vast majority of strep throat cases are spread in people to people contacts thru respiratory droplets. Animals hve been implicated rarely as have surfaces such as toys etc. ...Read more

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What happens if strep throat isn't treated?

What happens if strep throat isn't treated?

Untreated strep: Untreated strep throat poses several complications. Locally - peritonsillar abscess, ear infection, sinusitis, brain abscess and meningiits. Strep bacteria can gain access into the blood stream and cause infection of internal lining of the heart, bone, and other organs. Autoimmune inflammation can cause rheumatic fever, glomerulonephritis (kidneys, ) etc. ...Read more

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What are the first signs of developing strep throat?

What are the first signs of developing strep throat?

Strep Throat Symptom: Strep throat presents as severe sore throat, sudden fever, often with headache and swollen lymph nodes in the upper neck. If you suspect, go see your primary healthcare provider. ...Read more

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Is strep throat contagious?

Is strep throat contagious?

It can be: This condition is caused by the bug: streptococcus, which can be transmitted via salivary contact. It is not supercontagious like those of chicken-pox or measles which are airborn pathogens--meaning that they can stay in the air and infect others. So, if you are given antibiotics already, you should be fine. Just don't smooch for a few days :-) good luck. ...Read more

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Strep Throat (Definition)

A throat infection caused by a strep bacteria that responds ...Read more