Strep throat is caused due to Group A Streptococcus bacteria and it is quite common among school going children. However, anyone who smokes, is in a run down condition health wise or lives in damp crowded environment can get strep throat. Symptoms of strep throat include swollen and pain tonsils, fever and stomach pain.
In order to cure strep throat, you have to take a course of antibiotics for a stipulated period of time. So, is strep throat contagious? Yes, strep throat is contagious and it is transmitted from one person to the other through coughing, sneezing or close contact.
If you have strep throat, you will be contagious for up to 24 hours after starting treatment. Antibiotics have to be taken for 10 days and you will notice a reduction in your symptoms in 24 hours. Most of your other symptoms will disappear in two to three days. If you do not finish the course of antibiotics, the bacteria will not be destroyed. They will stay in your throat and all the symptoms will return.
However, if you do not take antibiotics, you will be contagious for up to 2 to 3 weeks and you will be at the risk of developing rheumatic fever, kidney problems or scarlet fever. You can also develop these complications if you do not finish the 10-day treatment protocol.Since strep throat is contagious and you can pass on the infection to others in your family and workplace through sneezing and coughing, it is best to limit your exposure to the outside world. In addition, when you need to sneeze and cough, you should do it by covering your mouth and nose.
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