Causes, Symptoms, Possible Strep Throat Complications, And How To Treat It Naturally
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Strep throat is one of the most common bacterial infections that cause sore throat and it is very common among children. The cause of this infection is a bacterium called Streptococcal, thus in short, strep throat. It is contagious and can be spread by being in close contact with an infected person, usually by inhaling airborne droplets from an infected person.
Symptoms Of Strep Throat
- Unexpected and an extremely sore throat
- Yellow or whiteness in throat
- Difficulty and pain in swallowing
- Swollen lymph nodes or tonsils on the sides of the neck
- Chills and fever
- Odd sense of taste in mouth
- Headaches, nausea and vomiting
Some people may develop a red skin rash that appears on the chest and neck. It may possibly then spread over the whole body. The same bacterium that causes strep throat infection may possibly also cause symptoms of an ear infection or a sinus infection.
Prevent Catching A Strep Throat Infection
There are many natural remedies that you can do at home, to relieve the sore throat, pain, and symptoms caused by strep throat infection.
Strep throat is contagious, therefore, you should take certain preventive measures to contain the spread. When the body is recovering, the offensive bacteria may look for new bodies to infect. This is the time when extra care should be taken, especially within a family environment, to reduce the chances of infecting another person.
1. Cover Mouth
Explain to your infected children about the infection, and teach them to cover their mouth when they sneeze or cough.
2. Don’t Share Things
If you or any of your family member is suffering from strep infection, don’t share eating utensils and drinking glasses. Wash them thoroughly. Use tissue paper instead of handkerchiefs or towel. Replace your toothbrush when you get well. Bacteria can gather on bristles and you may get reinfected.
3. Keep Hands Clean
Wash your hands properly with mild soap, as cleaning is the greatest way to prevent any kind of infections. It’s essential to wash your hands on a regular basis and teach your children to wash their hands properly and keep them clean at all times.
If cases of strep throat is repeated in a family, check to see if someone is possibly a strep carrier. Carriers have strep infection in their throats, but sometimes the bacteria don’t make them sick.
In a normally healthy person, strep throat symptoms usually subside in about a week, although untreated strep throat may lead to serious complications.
Possible Strep Throat Complications
In rare cases, you may have a rheumatic fever if you don’t treat your strep throat well. Strep throat may possibly cause a kidney complication that is called “post-streptococcal glomerulonephritis“.
Possible Complications Include:
- Kidney disease possibly caused by strep throat
- A skin disorder, in which minor scaly and red spots appear on the legs, arms and inside of the body, named guttate psoriasis
- Painful pus (Peritonsillar Abscesses) in the area around the tonsils
- Acute rheumatic fever
- Scarlet fever that mainly affect children
Some Strep Throat Do’s And Don’ts
- Drink lots and lots of water
- Take complete rest, one day rest is must
- Gargle using sea salt or Himalayan salt and mild warm water mixture
- Take warm tea
- Eat light food
- Don’t eat foods that irritate the throat
- Avoid drinking alcohol and say no to smoking
- A big NO to cold food, drinks and beverages
- Don’t eat food that is difficult to swallow
Note: This information is not proposed to replace the recommendation of a doctor.
This article was originally published on wordsiseek.com. It is republished here with permission.
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