A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Strep Throat
I had a question the other day about strep throat.
Strep throat is a bacterial infection in your throat and tonsils.
Your throat gets irritated and inflamed, causing a sudden, severe sore throat.
Strep throat is caused by streptococcal bacteria.
There are many different types of strep bacteria.
Some cause more serious illness than others.
Although some people are quick to think any painful sore throat is strep, sore throats are usually caused by a viral infection and not strep bacteria.
A sore throat caused by a virus can be just as painful as strep throat.
But if you have cold symptoms like coughing, sneezing, or a runny or stuffy nose, you probably don’t have strep throat.
The most common symptoms of strep throat are:
>A sudden, severe sore throat.
>Pain when you swallow.
>Fever over 101°F (38.3°C).
>Swollen tonsils and lymph nodes.
>White or yellow spots on the back of a bright red throat.
You may also have a headache and belly pain.
Less common symptoms are a red skin rash, vomiting, not feeling hungry, and body aches.
Strep throat can be passed from person to person.
When a person who has strep throat breathes, coughs, or sneezes, tiny droplets with the strep bacteria go into the air.
These droplets can be breathed in by other people.
If you come into contact with strep, it’ll take 2-5 days before you have symptoms.
You’re contagious while you still have symptoms.
Most people stop being contagious 24 hours after they start antibiotics.
If you don’t take antibiotics, you may be contagious for 2-3 weeks, even if your symptoms go away.
To avoid getting strep throat, it’s a good idea to avoid contact with anyone who has a strep infection.
If you’re around someone who has strep, wash your hands often.
Don’t drink from the same glass or use the same eating utensils.
And don’t share toothbrushes.
Bacteria can live for a short time on doorknobs, water faucets, and other objects.
It’s a good idea to wash your hands regularly.
If you have a strep infection, there are things you can do to avoid spreading it to others.
Use tissues you can throw away instead of handkerchiefs, wash your hands often, and don’t sneeze or cough on others.
Antibiotics can shorten the time you’re contagious.
It’s a good idea to stay home from work or school until 24 hours after you’ve started antibiotics.
To deal with strep throat it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily as it hydrates body and brain cells, thins mucus, and flushes toxins (whether thirsty or not!).
*Purify indoor air.
*Increase essential fats (flax oil, omega-3 oils, fish oils).
*Explore use of Oil of Oregano and Mullein oil.
*Consume plenty of fresh garlic and onions.
*Switch to safe, nontoxic cleaners, laundry and personal care products that don’t emit toxic fumes/residues.
*Discover “hidden” allergies/sensitivities (food and/or environmental) that may trigger or aggravate condition.
*Dairy products are very mucus forming.
*Review my post on candida.
*Eliminate smoking, second-hand smoke, environmental pollutants.
*Explore the use of hydrotherapy and/or castor oil or onion packs.
*Consider a vaporizer.
*Avoid sugar as it “turns off” your immune system.