What is Strep Throat?
Colloquially called as strep throat, streptococcal pharyngitis is a contagious bacterial infection affecting the pharynx, tonsils and larynx and is caused by group A streptococcus bacteria specifically the Streptococcus pyogenes.
The infection can be spread from human-to-human contact, or contact with infected saliva or nasal secretions usually in the form or respiratory droplets released by an ill person through coughing, talking and sneezing. Food-borne outbreaks are infrequent modes.
Symptoms vary from mild to severe in form. Commonly, the individual starts to feel ill two to five days after exposure to the bacteria. Patient may have fever with temperature greater than 38 degrees Celsius, sore throat, headache, nausea and vomiting, general feeling of illness, loss of appetite due to abnormal taste, tonsilar exudates, swollen and tender lymph nodes on the side of the neck and difficulty swallowing.
The first line of treatment is usually penicillin or amoxicillin. The antibiotic therapy lasts for 10 days, and even though the symptoms are already gone, the prescribed drug should still be taken until the time the doctor has advised. Other tips to relieve the sore throat include drinking warm liquids, gargling with warm salt water several times a day, drinking cold liquids, OTC pain medications and the use of cool-mist vaporizer to help moisten the dry throat.
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