Does your throat ache or burn, making it difficult for you to swallow? You may feel like something is wrong, but want to wait to visit your family doctor to find out just what that is. Strep throat could be the reason for your throat issues. Is it serious enough to land you in an urgent care clinic? What can you do to make it better? Read on to find out.
What is strep throat?
Strep throat is a bacterial infection of the throat caused by group A Streptococcus bacteria. Although it is seen in children and adults, it is most commonly seen in children between 5 and 15 years of age. It is a highly contagious infection that can spread through respiratory droplets that are airborne when infected people cough or sneeze.
What are the symptoms of strep throat?
Symptoms of strep throat that could land you in a family clinic include:
· Sudden, high fever
· Sore throat with white patches
· Problem swallowing
· Loss of appetite
The good news through, is that there are several tips that you can incorporate into your daily routine that can help prevent or minimize strep throat symptoms. Whether you have it, or your child does, try these and see the difference.
Take prescribed antibiotics
The main form of treatment includes taking antibiotics after testing positive for the group A Streptococcus bacteria. Antibiotics must be taken for their full course even if you notice an improvement in symptoms; otherwise it could lead to grave side effects.
You may also be given certain over the counter medications to help manage strep throat symptoms so take them consistently as prescribed.
Making dietary changes and drinking lots of water will help relieve throat irritation. You can incorporate more warm foods, cooked vegetables, mashes potatoes, soups, and smoothies. Non-acidic juices and blended foods are also a good option.
You must avoid spicy and citrus foods as they could aggravate symptoms. Dairy consumption can also aggravate mucus production and worsen your condition. Keep it simple with the right foods.
Get enough rest
Getting quality sleep will help your body recover and boost immune responses. Avoid strenuous activities for some time and stay home. Besides helping you regain your strength, this measure will also prevent the spread of the bacterial infection.
You should also practice good hygiene. Wash your hands before eating or touching your nose, eyes, and mouth. Make sure you also wash your hands after sneezing, blowing your nose, or coughing. Be careful to scrub between your fingers and under your nails to really get it clean.
You should also keep a hand sanitizer with you to remain clean in areas where you may not have access to soap and water.
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