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Can I Prevent Strep Throat?

Can I Prevent Strep Throat?

Key Takeaways

  • Strep throat can be prevented. 
  • Washing your hands completely is a good step to prevent your strep throat infection.
  • Avoid contact with other people at least during the first 24 to 48 hours after you have started to take antibiotics for a strep infection. 

Home Remedies and Supplements

Beside your antibiotic medications, you can try some beneficial home remedies to speed up your recovery process as well as alleviate the strep throat symptoms.

Gargles

Take a glass and put warm water in it. Now mix one teaspoon salt with that warm water. Do gargle 3-4 times a day. If you experience intense pain, you can gargle in every hour.

OTC Pain Medication

You can use OTC pain medications like acetaminophen, or you can also spray your throat by using OTC throat spray.

Astragalus Root

Astragalus root helps to increase your energy as well as build resistance to the disease. It is safe to use on a daily basis to boost your immune system.

Naturally High Mineral Food

High mineral natural foods will keep your immune health perfect.

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Vitamin A

Consume foods that contain vitamin A. You can try beta-carotene loaded foods such as broccoli, carrots, spinach, orange squashes, beet greens, pumpkins, salsa, cayenne pepper and also fish oil.

Zinc

Try yeast, oysters, wheat germ, raw green pumpkin seeds, brewers yeast, and whole grains. They contain a high amount of zinc.

Vitamin C

Consume vitamin C containing foods such as Lemongrass, cherries, Hibiscus flowers, watercress, citrus fruits, green peppers and red pepper.

Wash Your Hands

Washing your hands completely is a good step to prevent your strep throat infection.

According to the research of CDS (U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention), “proper hand washing and cleaning can help to reduce the spread of all kinds of GAS infection, particularly after sneezing and coughing, as well as before preparing foods or consuming.”

Strep throat is an infectious disease which comes from a contagious bacterial infection. So, you think that using an antibacterial soap will solve your problem. Unfortunately, this is not the fact. Most of the anti-bacterial soap brands in the market contain triclosan and triclosan is an antibacterial agent who supposedly wards off the bacteria plus kills germs. So, leave this fact. Wash your hands every time before preparing foods or eating foods and after coughing or sneezing.

Avoid Close Contact

While you are taking antibiotics, try to avoid close contacts with other people until you have been completed taking for 24 hours to 48 hours. That's why they will not start to be exposed to the group A streptococci.

Immune Boosting Foods

If the strep throat is left untreated, then the group-A beta-hemolytic streptococcus bacteria can remain in your tonsils, which release antibodies. These direct your immune system to attack the other organs of your body mistakenly such as skin, joints, and the heart, which may lead to rheumatic fever. So, try some immune boosting foods to prevent this. Try orange plus yellow foods, chicken soup, yams, pumpkin pie, and sweet potatoes with dandelion or Astragalus root. Also, you use lemons in your foods as they are alkalizing. So, hot lemonade by using honey and a small piece of ginger can be excellent. Apply onions and garlic in your winter foods to spice up as well as for their common sulfur properties.

Start cultivating thyme in your garden or your kitchen spice rack. Thyme is an excellent herb that stimulates the thymus as well as boosts our immune system. Drink sage tea which contains antimicrobial and antiseptic properties.

To make sage tea, steep one tsp of sage herb for twenty minutes in two cups of the boiling water. Don't need to boil the herbs, only steep them that mean to boil off the water. Now get it off the heat, and allow the herbs to float in the water. Start adding honey plus drink.

Avoid ice cream, sugar, and milk.