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Strep Throat (cont.)

Strep Throat Prevention

  • The best preventive measure against strep throat involves instituting measures to minimize the spread of the illness to others.
  • There is currently no vaccine available to prevent strep throat.
  • Keep eating utensils, dishes, and drinking glasses separate from any infected person.
  • Do not to share food and drinks, napkins, handkerchiefs, or towels because infection may spread by these objects of personal use.
  • Cover the mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough, this helps prevent the release of infected airborne droplets.
  • Washing the hands frequently will prevent both the infected person and uninfected individuals from spreading the bacteria to others.

Strep Throat Prognosis

Generally speaking, the prognosis for treated strep throat is very good. Antibiotics can shorten the duration of symptoms, reduce transmission and prevent potential complications. The symptoms will typically improve in a few days. Recurrence of strep throat is not uncommon, especially in individuals who are not compliant with the full course of antibiotic therapy. The prognosis for untreated strep throat is variable, and some individuals can go on to develop serious complications.

REFERENCES: Group A Streptococcal (GAS) Disease.

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