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Strep Throat: True or False Edition


  1. TRUE OR FALSE: Strep is contagious.

  2. TRUE OR FALSE: You need a test to confirm Group A Streptococcus.

  3. TRUE OR FALSE: I must throw away my toothbrush after a strep diagnosis.

  4. TRUE OR FALSE: A sore throat is usually the only symptom of strep.

  5. TRUE OR FALSE: Scarlet fever is more dangerous and severe.



ANSWERS:

  1. 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).

  2. TRUE- A sore throat does not always mean strep throat! Many viruses can cause sore throats, which DO NOT require antibiotics.

  3. 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.

  4. FALSE-Strep can cause abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, rashes and headaches.

  5. 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.

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