What is strep infections ?
Strep infections are infections caused by bacteria from the Streptococcus family. The most common types of strep infections are strep throat and impetigo.
Strep throat is a bacterial infection of the throat and tonsils that causes symptoms such as sore throat, fever, and swollen lymph nodes. It is most common in school-aged children and is spread through close contact with respiratory secretions, such as saliva or mucus.
Impetigo is a highly contagious bacterial skin infection that causes sores and blisters on the skin. It is most common in children and is often spread through close contact with infected people or objects.
Both strep throat and impetigo can be treated with antibiotics. It is important to complete the full course of treatment to ensure that the infection is fully cleared and to reduce the risk of complications. It is also important to practice good hygiene, such as washing hands frequently and covering the mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing, to reduce the risk of spreading strep infections.