Strep throat can make your tonsils swollen, and it’s possible to get it even if you don’t have tonsils. The absence of tonsils can minimize the infection severity and can reduce the chances of getting strep throat.
If your strep throat becomes severe, your physician may advise removing the tonsils through a tonsillectomy procedure. This can elevate the frequency of catching strep throat. However, not having tonsils doesn’t ensure that your body is fully immune to getting strep throat.
The streptococcus bacteria is responsible for strep throat, which spreads through saliva. You can get strep throat if someone around you who is infected coughs or sneezes. Another cause of its spread is coming in contact with surfaces that an infected person has touched.
Symptoms of strep throat
Three days after having strep throat, you may notice these added symptoms:
- swelling of tonsils
- red or white patches inside the throat
- difficulty swallowing
- inflammation in the neck
If your tonsils are removed, the above symptoms may remain intact with strep throat. But now you won’t have swollen tonsils.
If you have a sore throat that isn’t because of strep, it is most likely caused by a virus. This can bring the following symptoms.
- pain when swallowing
- swollen lymph nodes
Strep throat is treated through antibiotics. You’ll feel better within 24 hours after the treatment begins. Even if your symptoms get better after a few days of taking medicine, don’t stop the prescription until fully complete. You may have to take your antibiotics for around 10 days.
If you have a sore throat due to viral infections, they will get better on their own. Antibiotics aren’t made for viral infections.
If you get frequent strep throat, you may have to undergo a tonsillectomy. Having strep throat seven or more times a year is a call for its removal. The procedure can reduce the chances of getting strep throat and the severity of symptoms but can’t fully cure or prevent it.
Preventing strep throat
Prevention is the best way to avoid getting strep throat. Coming in close contact with those infected puts you at risk of catching strep throat even without tonsils.
Younger children are most prone to getting infected, but teens and adults too can be victims. To stay safe, it’s important to maintain good hygiene and a healthy diet. This will make your immune system strong. Visiting your PCP on a regular basis can also help ensure you stay safe and secure from illnesses such as strep throat.
Strep throat is a contagious condition that can be problematic. If you frequently catch strep throat and are thinking about getting a tonsillectomy, talk to the doctors at PCP For Life. Tonsil removal can’t prevent strep throat, but it surely can minimize the chances of getting the infection. To get in touch, call us today at 281-968-4096.