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Strep throat prevention

The following suggestions may help you prevent spread of your strep infection to others:

  • Avoid close contact with other people until you have been taking the antibiotic for 24 to 48 hours so they will not be exposed to the strep bacteria.
  • Use tissues when you cough and dispose of them carefully.
  • Hand washing is the best method of prevention. Wash your hands before you touch food, dishes, glasses, silverware, napkins, etc.
  • Wash your hands after you cough and before you touch certain things, like food, dishes, glasses, silverware or napkins.
  • Use paper cups, or separate cups, and paper towels in bathrooms instead of shared drinking cups and hand towels.
  • Do not share food and eating utensils with others.

Last reviewed: September 2015

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