Strep throat is a common type of sore throat. The germ that causes strep throat is spread from person to person in saliva and nasal secretions. Strep throat is treated with antibiotics. You can help prevent the spread of strep throat with regular hand washing and by covering your mouth and nose whenever you cough or sneeze.
Two tonsils are located in the back of the throat. Two adenoids are positioned in your upper throat in the area behind your nose. The tonsils and adenoids are glands that filter germs that enter through your nose and mouth to help keep you healthy.
Drinking liquids or sucking on popsicles can help ease symptoms. Sucking on throat lozenges or hard candy can help increase saliva to ease symptoms. Gargling with a solution made of ½ teaspoon of salt in 1 cup of water several times a day is a popular home remedy. A vaporizer or humidifier can increase the humidity in a room and make breathing easier.
Am I at Risk
Children between the ages of 5 and 15 most frequently experience strep throat, although people of all ages can develop the condition.
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