Strep Throat Exposure

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Care at Home

  • WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW: * A Strep test is not urgent. * It could be a Strep throat or just a viral infection of the throat. * A sore throat is often part of a cold. * Until you get a Strep test, here is some care advice that should help.
  • SORE THROAT RELIEF: * Age over 1 year. Can sip warm fluids such as chicken broth or apple juice. * Age over 6 years. Can also suck on hard candy or lollipops. Butterscotch seems to help. * Age over 8 years. Can also gargle. Use warm water with a little table salt added. A liquid antacid can be added instead of salt. Use Mylanta or the store brand. No prescription is needed. * Medicated throat sprays or lozenges are generally not helpful.
  • PAIN MEDICINE: * To help with the pain, give acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) or ibuprofen. Use as needed. See Dose Table.
  • FLUIDS AND SOFT DIET: * Try to get your child to drink adequate fluids. * Goal: keep your child well hydrated. * Cold drinks, milk shakes, popsicles, slushes, and sherbet are good choices. * Solids. Offer a soft diet. Also avoid foods that need much chewing. Avoid citrus, salty, or spicy foods. Note: Fluid intake is much more important than eating any solids. * Swollen tonsils can make some solid foods hard to swallow.
  • RETURN TO SCHOOL: * Your child may have a Strep throat infection. Wait for the result of the rapid Strep test. If it is negative, your child can go back to school.
  • CALL YOUR DOCTOR IF: * Your child becomes worse
  • WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW: * Many children have contact with someone with Strep throat. Most will not come down with an infection. This is especially true if the contact occurs outside the home. * Strep tests are not needed for children without any symptoms.
  • TIME IT TAKES TO GET STREP THROAT: * Time from contact to Strep symptoms usually is 2 to 5 days.  
  • RETURN TO SCHOOL: * If your child has no symptoms, he does not need to miss any school.
  • CALL YOUR DOCTOR IF: * Your child gets any Strep symptoms in the next 7 days
  • FEVER: * For fevers above 102° F (39° C), give acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) or ibuprofen. See Dose Table. Note: Lower fevers are important for fighting infections. * For ALL fevers: Keep your child well hydrated. Give lots of cold fluids. * For babies, dress lightly. Don't wrap in too many blankets. Reason: Can make the fever higher.

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