Strep throat is contagious as the Streptococcus bacteria are passed on through the airborne route. Therefore, there is little chance of avoiding the infection, when exposed to a person or an environment that is already infected with the bacteria. Therefore, the patients should avoid coming into contact with individuals who do not have the bacterial infection. Strep throat is extremely common in school going children. However, adults too are affected with the infection. The symptoms in adults vary from in children. For example, children and adolescents may have a high fever, extremely painful throats and pus covering the tonsils. Adults, however, experience milder symptoms. Most often, symptoms in adult go undetected. However, this varies as some adults may experience pain when swallowing and a number of additional symptoms.
Self Examine By Pictures
Question: I feel a sore throat coming on. I have a fever of 101 degrees and my lymph glands are swollen. There are also yellow spots in my throat. My throat is sore and red. What’s the best way for me to identify whether I got strep throat?
Answer: Severe sore throat, pain when swallowing, swollen lymph glands and tonsils, as well as, high fever signify the bacterial infection strep throat. This condition occurs when the streptococcal bacteria infects the throat and tonsils. There is a difference between sore throats and strep throats. A sore throat occurs due to a viral infection. A viral infection signifying a painful throat is often accompanied with sneezing, coughing and runny or stuffy nose. These symptoms are not visible in this condition. The most significant symptom is the sudden pain in the throat. Therefore, if there is a sore throat no fever, this generally means a viral infection. Additional symptoms are headaches and abdominal pain. Some less common symptoms include body aches, red skin rash and vomiting. Strep throat is contagious. Therefore, staying indoors if you are infected will reduce the chance of you passing on the illness to others that come in contact with you. Coughing or sneezing will cause the bacteria to become airborne and infect others.
For some quick self-examine, you can find some pictures to have some ideas.
Identify By Pictures of Mouth
Strep throat pictures like the left one will provide an idea as to what the inside of the mouth looks like when affected with the bacteria.
A patient experiences swollen lymph glands. Swollen lymph glands are extremely painful. These are small, bean-shaped glands located through-out the body. The lymphatic system is a part of the body’s immune system. Lymph fluids in the lymph glands trap viruses and bacteria that cause infection and are destroyed by the lymphocytes. Lymph glands are located primarily in the neck, groin and under arms. Treatment of swollen lymph glands depends on the cause. Therefore, if the glands are swollen due to strep throat, treating it will reduce the swelling of the lymph glands. Usually, antibiotics are prescribed to treat swollen lymph glands associated with the infection.
Rash in Strep Throat Pictures
A red, skin rash accompanying strep throat may be indicative of scarlet fever. However, not all individuals who have this condition experience scarlet fever. The rash initially resembles a sun-burn. Tiny, itchy, bumps appear in the neck and face area leaving a clear, unaffected area around the mouth. The tiny, itchy, bumps spread to the rest of the body leaving red streaks in certain body creases. The rash begins to heal on the sixth day of the infection. However, the skin begins to peel after. This is treated with antibiotic cream. In some rare cases, scarlet fever develops from a rare skin infection called impetigo. Impetigo causes sores and blisters on the face and neck region. This most commonly affects school-going children. Children with eczema are more at risk of developing impetigo from scarlet fever. The image here shows a child with scarlet fever from the throat infection.
Diagnosing and Treating
If your symptoms indicate a strep throat infection, it is best to obtain a medical diagnosis from a doctor. By conducting a few physical examinations, and with a rapid strep test and throat culture, a doctor can give a definite prognosis of the condition. A throat culture requires a swab of the throat to ascertain whether the sore throat is due to a bacterial infection or a viral infection. If the test is positive, for strep throat, antibiotics are prescribed to shorten the time of the infection and to avoid spreading of the disease. Antibiotics also prevent the disease from spreading to other parts of the body. In addition, over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol and Advil may be prescribed to lower fever.
It is not easy to avoid strep throat, as the bacteria are airborne. However, avoiding coming into contact with someone who is affected with the condition, avoiding drinking from the same glass as someone with the condition and maintaining personal hygiene by washing hands as often as possible may help prevent being infected. If affected, staying indoors, avoiding sneezing and coughing on to others, and using tissues to cover up the mouth and nose when sneezing can help avoid the spread of the disease to others.