Strep throat is caused due to Group A Streptococcus bacteria and if not treated with antibiotics, it can cause rheumatic fever and other serious problems.
Nearly 5 to 10 percent of all sore throats are strep throats and while it quite common in children, even people who are fatigued, run down, live in damp and crowded places or those who smoke can get it.
Strep throat is more common from November to April and it is highly contagious. You can get a strep throat infection through close contact or it can be transmitted through coughing and sneezing. So, for how long is strep throat contagious? Strep throat is contagious for 24 hours after you start taking antibiotics to treat it. During this time you should not be close contact with other as you may transmit the infection.
People who do not seek treatment for strep throat are contagious for up to 2 to 3 weeks after they get the infection. Although doctors are not sure how long the incubation period is for strep throat, but it is universally believed to be 1 week. This means that it takes one week for the symptoms of strep throat to appear after you have been exposed to it.
People who receive immediate treatment for strep throat notice their symptoms reducing within 24 hours. However, a person who does not seek treatment will have the sore throat and pain for quite a while.
If you have strep throat, remember to visit a doctor for treatment otherwise you will be infecting other members of your family.
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