Can strep throat be prevented?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

In order to prevent strep throat, you need to avoid catching it. Since strep throat is due to a contagious bacterial infection, it is best to wash your hands often, especially after being in crowded areas or around children. You should also wash down surfaces and objects that have been touched by an infected person in your home or at work. Finally, don't allow a contagious child to attend school or public functions until 24 hours after being on antibiotics. This way you can prevent others from getting the infection.

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