What is Strep Throat?
Strep throat is caused by bacteria. The condition is common with young kids but can be contracted by adults of all ages too. Infection starts when bacteria enters the eyes, nose, or mouth after exposure, which can then be transferred by respiratory droplets airborne. Strep throat is contagious and can spread easily.
Strep bacteria may spread, causing infection in
- Middle ear
To prevent strep infection
- Wash your hands. Proper hand-washing is the best way to prevent all kinds of infections. That's why it's important to wash your own hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Teach your children how to wash their hands properly using soap and water or to use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if there is no soap and water available.
- Cover your mouth. Teach your children to cover their mouths with an elbow or tissue when they cough or sneeze.
- Don't share personal items. Don't share drinking glasses or eating utensils. Wash dishes in hot, soapy water or in a dishwasher.