Know everything about strep throat • Source- http://healthfirstmagazine.blogspot.com/2017/04/know-everything-about-strep-throat.html
Symptoms of strep throat • A sore, red throat with white patches • A sudden fever, especially if it’s 101˚f or higher • Chills • Swollen and tender glands (lymph) on the sides of the neck • Trouble swallowing
Tonsils are painful and/or swollen • A loss of appetite • Body aches • General discomfort, feeling ill or uneasy • Swollen lymph nodes in the neck • Headache, nausea and vomiting
Complications • Potential complications if it is left untreated strep throat can cause serious health condition such as, sinus infection (sinusitis), ear infection (otitis media) , meningitis, pneumonia, kidney disease, rheumatic fever and heart. Of these, rheumatic fever, kidney disease and heart are of most concern.
Diagnosis • Throat culture • Rapid antigen test • Rapid DNA test
Treatment • Antibiotics are only used when the throat infection is severe • Penicillin and amoxicillin are the most common medications given for a strep infection. • It’s important that you finish your antibiotic treatment course to kill the infection completely. • Stopping the treatment or medication course in between can trigger a relapse. • 1. Antibiotics
Tonsillectomy - if somebody, usually has tonsillitis (infection of the tonsils) then the doctor may suggest taking them out surgically (having a tonsillectomy). • 2. Surgery
drinking warm liquids • Cool drinks and cool soft foods may help to numb the throat • turning on a cool-mist humidifier • taking over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen • 3. Alternative Remedies
Prevention • Follow a rich and a well-balanced diet to boost the immune system • Regular exercise helps the immune system. • Lack of sleep weakens your immune system.
Quit smoking • Wash your hands regularly; it is an effective way of preventing most infections. • Cover the mouth when coughing - this protects other people. • Isolate personal items
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