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Understanding Strep Throat

Strep throat is a bacterial infection caused by group A Streptococcus bacteria. It’s characterized by a sore throat, difficulty swallowing, fever, and swollen lymph nodes in the neck. Strep throat is contagious and primarily spreads through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
Prompt diagnosis and treatment are essential to prevent complications and help reduce the spread of the infection.

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Medications Prescribed for Strep Throat

Amoxicillin (Amoxil)

A penicillin antibiotic that’s often the first-line treatment for killing the bacteria that cause strep throat. Finishing the full course of antibiotics – even if symptoms improve before the medication is finished – is key to ensuring the infection is fully cleared.

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Azithromycin (Zithromax)

The second-line treatment for strep throat if the patient has a penicillin allergy. As with Amoxicillin, completing the full course of antibiotics is very important.

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Cephalexin (Keflex, others)

Part of a class of antibiotics called cephalosporins. May be prescribed for strep throat if the patient is allergic to penicillin. Completion of the full course of antibiotics is crucial.

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Common Questions About Strep Throat

How is strep throat diagnosed?

Strep throat is typically diagnosed through a rapid strep test or a throat culture. A healthcare professional will swab the back of the throat to collect a sample, which is then tested for the presence of group A Streptococcus bacteria.

Can strep throat go away on its own?

Strep throat is caused by a bacterial infection, specifically the streptococcus bacteria, and antibiotics are typically prescribed to effectively treat the infection and prevent complications. If left untreated, strep throat can lead to potential complications such as tonsillitis, sinusitis, ear infections, and even rheumatic fever.

Therefore, it’s important to consult with a healthcare provider and follow the prescribed treatment plan – which usually includes antibiotics – to ensure a quick and full recovery from strep throat.

How long is strep throat contagious for?

Strep throat is contagious until 24 hours after starting antibiotic treatment. If left untreated, it can remain contagious for 10 to 21 days. If you’ve been diagnosed with strep throat, it’s essential to practice good hygiene (such as covering your mouth when coughing or sneezing, and washing your hands frequently) to prevent the spread of the infection.

Can strep throat get worse?

Yes, strep throat can worsen if left untreated or if not managed properly. Strep throat is caused by the streptococcus bacteria and is typically characterized by symptoms such as severe sore throat, fever, headache, and difficulty swallowing.

If it’s not treated with appropriate antibiotics, the infection can spread to other parts of the body, leading to complications such as tonsillitis, sinusitis, ear infections, and in rare cases, even abscesses or rheumatic fever. To prevent complications, it is essential to seek medical attention if you suspect strep throat, follow your healthcare provider's recommendations, and complete the full course of prescribed antibiotics even if your symptoms improve before finishing the medication.

How can I soothe my sore throat from strep?

Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), can help alleviate pain and fever associated with strep throat. Additionally, drinking warm liquids, using a cool-mist humidifier, gargling with warm salt water, and sucking on throat lozenges can help soothe a sore throat.

Can I get strep throat more than once?

Yes, it’s possible to get strep throat more than once. Repeated infections may indicate exposure to someone who is a carrier of group A Streptococcus bacteria or that the initial infection was not fully treated. If you experience recurring strep throat, be sure to discuss your symptoms with a healthcare professional to determine next steps.

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