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Strep throat prevention

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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.
  • Do not prepare food for others.

People with strep throat should not go to childcare, preschool, school or work until they are no longer contagious.

Sources:

SA Health (Streptococcal sore throat - including symptoms, treatment and prevention), Mayo Clinic (Strep throat diagnosis)

Last reviewed: December 2017

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