Streptococcal Pharyngitis: Got Strep Throat?

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Not all strep throat cases have the white strikes or patches in the back. Photo by: CDC

Home remedies to make you feel better include eating soft foods that are easy to swallow like yogurt, mashed potatoes, soups, ice cream or popsicles will also help soothe a sore throat. According to Medline Plus, gargling with warm salt water (1/2 teaspoon to one cup warm water) several times a day can relieve a sore throat. Having a cool-mist vaporizer or humidifier can also help. Acetaminophen can also be give to help relieve pain.

What about a Tonsillectomy?

A tonsillectomy is a surgery to remove your tonsils  One of the reasons that a tonsillectomy maybe performed is if your child has many sore throats; however, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), this may be unnecessary. In a study that the AAFP reported on, researchers found that the group of children who had a tonsillectomy had only one less strep throat infection than the group of children that didn’t have the surgery. Researches concluded that this was not worth the cost or the risk of the surgery. However, in another study that the AAFP reported on, children who had tonsils were three times more likely to have reoccurring strep throat infections than those who had a tonsillectomy.

Prevention

To keep the germs to yourself, stay home until you have been on antibiotics and fever free for 24 to 48 hours. To prevent from getting sick in the first place, wash your hands frequently and don’t share food and drinks with others. Doctors also advised on tossing out your toothbrush after being diagnosed with strep throat; however, in a new study presented at the  Pediatric Academic Societies on May 4, 2013 in Washington, D.C. found that it isn’t necessary to throw out your toothbrush.

Resources:

Shepard, L., Rowen, J., Williams-Bouyer,N.  Group A Streptococcus on Toothbrushes. (2013). Pediatric Academic Societies Poster Session. Accessed May 5, 2013.

American Academy of Family Physicians. Diagnosis and Treatment of Streptococcal Pharyngitis. (2009). Accessed May 5, 2013.

Mayo Clinic. Strep Throat. (2012). Accessed May 5, 2013.

Medline Plus. Strep Throat. (2012). Accessed May 5, 2013.

 

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