How does strep throat affect daily life?

Since strep throat can be treated quickly with antibiotics, the easiest way to handle a strep infection is to get treated. Strep throat can cause high fevers and other uncomfortable symptoms that may leave you or your child with low energy and a very sore throat. To reduce these symptoms, take over the counter anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen and drink plenty of water and soothing beverages (such as tea).  
 
Once you begin treatment, it should only take a day or two for your symptoms to reduce. 24 hours after beginning treatment with an antibiotic you will no longer be contagious and can return to normal activities such as work or school. Strep throat should be treated as quickly as possible, especially in children, to reduce the risk of complications.
 
Potential complications of strep throat include:
 
  • Rheumatic fever: An inflammatory condition of the heart, joints, nervous system, and skin that can be very serious
  • Scarlet fever: a strep infection of the skin resulting in a rash
  • Kidney inflammation
 
 
mom taking temperature of sick child
 
 

Sources:
  • "CDC Features." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 31 Jan. 2018, www.cdc.gov/features/strepthroat/index.html.
  • "Strep Throat Diagnosis and Tests." Cleveland Clinic, 25 Nov. 2015, my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/4602-strep-throat/diagnosis-and-tests.
  • "Strep Throat." Mayo Clinic, Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 3 Jan. 2018, www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/strep-throat/symptoms-causes/syc-20350338.

 

 

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