Strep Throat: A bacterial infection that makes the throat sore

What is strep throat?

Strep throat categorizes itself as a bacterial infection that results in pain and inflammation in the throat. Streptococcus bacteria belongs to Group A is responsible for creating a common condition of the problem. The disease is common among children belonging to the age group that starts from 5 years to 15 years. Coughing and sneezing may spread infection from a person to another one.

Strep throat symptoms

Severity associated with strep throat may vary among different persons. Few people deal with mild symptoms in the form of a sore throat, while others have relatively more severe signs and symptoms, which include difficulty in swallowing of water or food and high fever. Strep throat has following common symptoms-

  • Sudden high fever that starts from 101 degree of Fahrenheit to further high value
  • Red and sore throat combined with patches of white color
  • Chills and headache
  • Appetite loss
  • Swollen nodes of lymph in patients’ neck
  • Difficulty in swallowing of water and food items

Symptoms associated with strep throat usually develop within the period of 5 days the patient exposes to bacteria.

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Strep throat treatment

Doctors recommend for following treatment to cure the problem of strep throat.

Antibiotic Treatment

Doctors prescribe for antibiotic tablets or medicines to treat the bacterial infection of strep throat. The main role of these medications is to inhibit the spreading of infections, which take place from the respective bacteria.

Amoxicillin and penicillin are two common medications, which doctors give to their patients to deal with the problem of strep throat infection. However, it is essential for patients to complete the entire antibiotic course of treatment to kill the bacterial infection entirely. Few people stop with consumptions of medicine when their symptoms improve that would activate relapse of the problem. If this takes place, symptoms will return.

Home-based Care

Along with antibiotics, you will find various at-home treatments, which aim at bringing improvements in the symptoms related to strep throat. These remedies are-

  • Drinking of tea, lemon water and other similar warm liquids
  • Drinking of cold liquids to numb the problem of throat
  • Turn on a cool yet a mist type of humidifier
  • Consumption of acetaminophen or ibuprofen and any other over-the-counter type of pain relievers
  • Sucking on lozenges for throat
  • Addition of half teaspoon salt to 1 cup water and gargle the complete mixture

Is strep throat contagious?

Strep throat is of contagious for minimum two to maximum three weeks in patients, who do not consume antibiotics. However, individuals taking antibiotics to deal with the problem usually start getting relieved after 24 hours they initiate the therapy. Bacteria result in strep throat transfers among people via direct contact, particularly from the oral mucus droplets and indirect contact in the form of sharing utensils, kissing and drinking beverages in same cups.

How long does strep throat last?

With the help of immediate and free from antibiotic treatment, strep throat helps in bringing improvements within two to five days in a week. Trying out of techniques related to natural pain and treatment methods, drinking of liquids, like vegetable juices, pure water and green tea, gargling with the mixture of water and Himalayan salt and consumption of real and healthy food diet may help in this situation largely.

Immediate treatment of this problem is very much crucial not only for faster recovery but also it is essential to avoid further complications. These include mastoiditis, otitis media and pneumonia, the formation of abscess, sinusitis and an acute fever. Prolong of any case related to strep throat result in spreading of the corresponding bacteria all over the body of patients and thereby, causes infections in skin, tonsil and blood of patients.

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