Strep Throat

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What You Need to Know

Definition:  Strep Throat is a bacterial infection caused by the Group A Streptococcus pyogenes.
 
Treatment:  An antibiotic is needed to treat Strep Throat.
 
Symptoms:  A “sudden, severe sore throat.” A fever. Swollen Glands in the neck area.  

Who Gets Strep? Strep Throat is uncommon in very young children, but if they do get it, it can cause nasal congestion and a fever. Babies that have Strep Throat may act fussy and have loss of appetite.

Usually over age 5 years you do not have a cough or runny nose with Strep Throat but if your provider suspects you may have Strep Throat, he/she may want to do a Throat Culture.  It is not recommended treatment to be started until the results from the Strep Culture come back.

What to do to help symptoms while waiting for Strep Culture results?

  • Oral analgesics such as over the counter Tylenol or Ibuprofen (For babies & children, speak to your pharmacist if unsure when to use Infant, toddler, or children strength)
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Rest
  • Older children and adults can gargle with warm salt water
  • Older children and adults: A prescription lidocaine rinse from their medical provider to help the discomfort of a Sore Throat. Or over the counter Chloraseptic Throat Sprays can temporarily help throat pain and are used for ages 3 years and older.

When can one with Strep Throat return to work, daycare or school?
When starting an antibiotic, you are probably no longer contagious after 24 hours.  As long as you or your child do not have a fever and are feeling well, your medical provider may say you can return to school or work.

The material contained on this site is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatments.  Always seek the advice of your qualified health care provider.

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