The cause of strep throat is bacteria known as Streptococcus pyogenes, also known as group A streptococcus.
Streptococcal bacteria are highly contagious. They can spread through airborne droplets when someone with the infection coughs or sneezes, or through shared food or drinks. You can also pick up the bacteria from a doorknob or other surface and transfer them to your nose, mouth or eyes.
When to see a doctor
Call your doctor if you have ANY of these signs and symptoms: you do not have to have all to have strep.
- A sore throat accompanied by tender, swollen lymph glands
- A sore throat that lasts longer than 48 hours
- A fever
- A sore throat accompanied by a rash
- Problems breathing or swallowing
- If strep has been diagnosed, a lack of improvement after taking antibiotics for 48 hours
- Clean your hands. Proper hand cleaning is the best way to prevent all kinds of infections. Soap & water is the best way to clean your hands; however, use a hand sanitizer when needed.
- Cover your mouth. Sneeze or cough into your sleeve.
- Don't share personal items. Don't share drinking glasses or eating utensils. Wash dishes in hot, soapy water or in a dishwasher.
When in doubt come to Thrive Wellness Center [bottom floor of The Village] to be evaluated by one of our awesome Medical Providers. We can perform a strep test & prescribe medication to get you back on your feet.