TRUE OR FALSE: Strep is contagious.
TRUE OR FALSE: You need a test to confirm Group A Streptococcus.
TRUE OR FALSE: I must throw away my toothbrush after a strep diagnosis.
TRUE OR FALSE: A sore throat is usually the only symptom of strep.
TRUE OR FALSE: Scarlet fever is more dangerous and severe.
TRUE-Group A Streptococcus passes from one person to another via droplet (i.e., from coughing, sneezing, or touching your eyes/mouth/nose after coming into contact with infected droplets).
TRUE- A sore throat does not always mean strep throat! Many viruses can cause sore throats, which DO NOT require antibiotics.
FALSE-This may surprise you! There is limited data to support throwing away your toothbrush after a diagnosis of strep. Regardless, it is a good idea to change your toothbrush at least every 3 months.
FALSE-Strep can cause abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, rashes and headaches.
FALSE-Scarlet Fever refers to the "strep rash" that kiddos can get with strep. It does not mean your child's case is any more severe than if he/she did not present with the rash.