Strep Throat Symptoms and Treatment
What is Strep Throat
If you have school aged children (I have three of them, ages 3, 10 and 12) then you’re going to run into strep throat. Technically, it is a bacterial throat infection, but for me it was a wicked sore throat that was so severe that I had trouble swallowing anything, even my own saliva.
Strep throat is caused by the streptococcal bacteria. It is an airborne bacteria, so children get it most often at school or when another family member is stricken. The strep bacteria is transferred in close groups and one child passes it when they cough or when they leave the bacteria on a doorknob, or desk. Most parents are bad about keeping their sick children home, so a child who has strep throat can be highly contagious and may pass it on to your child, who in turn passes it on to you.
Is Strep Throat Contagious
Strep throat is highly contagious. Most sore throats are caused by viruses, but strep throat is caused by a bacteria. The current thought on strep is that there’s a carrier, a person that has it but doesn’t exhibit symptoms. But, that person is still contagious and can give it to someone else. In my case, we didn’t find out who the carrier was. I’ve read that dogs can be carriers, although I haven’t been able to confirm this with my vet, but the strep throat did infect 3 out of our 5 family members. If one more family member had gotten a sore throat, then we were going to put the entire family on antibiotics.
Strep throat gets passed from one person to another though airborne droplets which can be breathed in, or may be transferred by contact such as surfaces multiple people touch. Since family members are in close contact with one another it’s easy for step throat to get passed from one family member to another. So, yes strep throat is contagious and can easily spread to each member of your family.