The best way to avoid strep throat is to avoid close contact with someone who is already infected with strep. It may also be helpful to reduce stress, get plenty of rest, and fortify your body’s natural defenses. Frequent hand washing can help prevent infection as well.
The bacteria is spread by sneezing, coughing, shaking hands, putting your hands to your face or eyes, or close contact with people who are infected. You can also pick up strep by touching objects such as books, doorknobs, tables, or other hard surfaces that were touched by a contaminated person and then touching your eyes, nose, or mouth — hand washing or using alcohol-based hand sanitizer can help prevent this.
See your doctor if you quickly develop a fever and sore throat simultaneously. These are the hallmark symptoms of strep throat. Stomachaches and headaches are common in children with strep throat. However, most people with strep do not have prominent congestion, cough, or diarrhea. Early treatment may help prevent strep from developing into a more serious problem, such as rheumatic fever.