If you get sick often, you may want to know how to prevent strep throat. This condition is caused by a streptococcal infection. If you have strep throat, your throat will be sore and red, and you may notice white spots on your tonsils. Follow these steps to prevent strep throat:
- Practice good hygiene. Wash your hands often, especially if you have been around people who are ill. Avoid kissing anyone who is ill. Make sure to keep your mouth away from telephone receivers and drinking fountains.
- Don't share food or beverages. You can get strep throat by coming in contact with the saliva or nasal discharge of an infected person. Even if your friend does not seem sick, he or she could still be contagious.
- If you live with someone who is sick, make sure he covers his nose and mouth while sneezing or coughing. And don't handle their used dishes or tissues.
- Clean used dishes and utensils well. Make sure to always use hot, soapy water.
- Do you have recurrent strep throat? If so, your doctor may recommend a tonsillectomy (having your tonsils removed).
If you do get strep throat, see your doctor. He or she will confirm that you have the infection and prescribe an antibiotic. Continue to take it even if you feel better, in order to completely rid yourself of the infection. In addition to an antibiotic, you may relieve your symptoms with over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen, throat lozenges, and warm liquids. Drink lots of water and get plenty of rest.