Bacteria are the reason why strep throat is developed and one of the most mysterious issues regarding this condition is whether it is contagious or not. We will discuss about it in the following lines. As we have said bacteria, precisely streptococcus bacteria, cause the strep throat infection, which targets teenagers and children mostly. This problem can attack any person on the planet and it takes about a week to disappear. The similarities between the strep throat and the sore throat are present, but the bacteria cause the strep throat, while sore throat is caused by viruses.
Red spots and red throat are the most common symptoms, but there are several others, such as fever, nausea, swallowing problems and so on. Weaker immune system will make you more prone to the strep throat problem. If you detect some of the mentioned symptoms, which are similar to those of sore throat, see a doctor in order to get a proper diagnosis and treatment.
Contagious or Nor?
We have to say that it is and it can be transferred through a direct contact with the person who has it. You can get it by shaking someone’s hand or using some item previously used by a person with strep throat. The incubation lasts approximately three days but there are cases in which it lasts even five days. The problem can become non-contagious and this occurs when the antibiotics are introduced. It will take them approximately 24 hours to work, and they will prevent spreading of the infection to other people. The condition can be contagious all the time if antibiotics are not used in the treatment. Besides this, some other complications might occur as well, which is why it is strongly suggested to see a doctor if the infection occurs. Penicillin is the most common antibiotic given for the disease spreading inference, but the erythromycin, amoxicillin or cephalexin can be used if the patient is allergic to penicillin. Certain side effects can occur due to the usage of these medications, and some of them are diarrhea, skin rash and some others.
The strep throat is a condition that can easily be avoided. The immune system has to be made strong and you can achieve this by having a healthy and balanced diet. Also, try to use sanitizers or soaps for washing your hands, especially when you are in proximity to an infected person. You should avoid contact with any object touched by the infected person (toothbrush, towels, and clothes). Remember to see a doctor if you notice the symptoms of the strep throat.