Knowing the difference between strep throat and a regular sore throat can help speed up recovery. While both are extremely painful and make it difficult to swallow, a typical sore throat is normally accompanied by additional symptoms. This includes all cold symptoms such as runny nose, cough, or congestion. If you think you may have strep throat, visit AFC Urgent Care Stoneham. Our physicians can provide treatment to help you feel your best.
Reasons Strep is Recurrent
There are multiple reasons why strep throat keeps coming back. First, it’s important to note bacteria cause strep. This bacteria can live on certain surfaces, which can cause it to come back multiple times. If a patient has strep throat more than seven times in one year, your physician will likely recommend a tonsillectomy. Even after the surgery, however, symptoms can still appear. Reasons for recurrent strep can include:
Resistant to Antibiotics
Some patients stop taking their antibiotics before the prescription is finished. In this case, the strep may return and be resistant to antibiotics. It’s extremely important to take your entire prescription regardless of the illness. In some cases, an illness may become so severe and resistant to antibiotics that hospitalization is required.
Weak Immune System
Having a weak immune system can increase your likelihood of contracting any illness. With strep throat, the bacteria can attack your immune system and make recurrences more likely.
Many people can carry the bacteria for strep throat but do not have any symptoms. Someone you come in close contact with frequently may be a carrier for strep.
After dealing with strep throat, it’s best to throw out and replace your toothbrush. Additionally, be sure to disinfect the toothbrush holder. Bacteria can live on these surfaces, and you can continue to infect yourself with strep throat.
In addition to avoiding those who are suffering from symptoms, it’s best to avoid sharing any food, utensils, or cups with someone who may be infected. Additionally, be sure to wash your hands frequently, especially after using the bathroom and before eating. Be sure to take your entire antibiotic prescription until it is completed. Avoid close contact with others until you are feeling better or have been taking antibiotics for two to three days. This includes work and school for children. Strep throat is extremely contagious, so it’s important not to infect others.