What is strep throat?

Strep throat is contagious and is caused by infection with streptococcal bacteria, which causes inflammation and swelling of the mucous membranes lining the back of the throat and the tonsils. This bacteria is extremely contagious via airborne droplets, contaminated surfaces, and shared foods.

Strep throat is most common in school-aged children and teens and typically occurs between late fall and early spring.

Symptoms of strep throat may include:

  • Sore throat
  • Red tonsils (may or may not include white patches)
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Nausea or vomiting

Treatment of Strep Throat

  • Antibiotics are recommended when a positive strep test is administered.
  • Pain relievers can be used as needed for comfort
  • Cold liquids
  • Humidifier or vaporizer

Prevent spreading Strep Throat

  • Avoid returning to work or school until you have been on antibiotics for at least 24 hours and fever free
  • Replace your toothbrush and face towels
  • Wipe down any commonly used surface