Strep Throat

ExitCare ImageStrep throat is an infection of the throat. It is caused by a germ. Strep throat spreads from person to person by coughing, sneezing, or close contact.

HOME CARE

  • Rinse your mouth (gargle) with warm salt water (1 teaspoon salt in 1 cup of water). Do this 3 to 4 times per day or as needed for comfort.

  • Family members with a sore throat or fever should see a doctor.

  • Make sure everyone in your house washes their hands well.

  • Do not share food, drinking cups, or personal items.

  • Eat soft foods until your sore throat gets better.

  • Drink enough water and fluids to keep your pee (urine) clear or pale yellow.

  • Rest.

  • Stay home from school, daycare, or work until you have taken medicine for 24 hours.

  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor.

  • Take your medicine as told. Finish it even if you start to feel better.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • You have new problems, such as throwing up (vomiting) or bad headaches.

  • You have a stiff or painful neck, chest pain, trouble breathing, or trouble swallowing.

  • You have very bad throat pain, drooling, or changes in your voice.

  • Your neck puffs up (swells) or gets red and tender.

  • You have a fever.

  • You are very tired, your mouth is dry, or you are peeing less than normal.

  • You cannot wake up completely.

  • You get a rash, cough, or earache.

  • You have green, yellow-brown, or bloody spit.

  • Your pain does not get better with medicine.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.