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  • You’re more susceptible to strep throat if you share eating utensils, glasses, plates, or bowls with people who are either diagnosed with strep throat or are showing symptoms of the disease.
  • Strep throat can also be passed on from one person to another through close contact with droplets of saliva, nasal secretions, or even the breath of someone who just sneezed or coughed, and is already diagnosed or showing signs of strep throat.
 

How Do You Get Strep Throat?

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Strep throat is a contagious disease, and you can be diagnosed with it if you’re infected with group A streptococcus bacteria (Streptococcus pyogenes).1 This type of bacteria also results in other infections that can lead to severe and life-threatening complications.2

Sharing Food and Skin Exposure Can Spread This Illness

You’re more susceptible to strep throat if you share eating utensils, glasses, plates, or bowls with people who are either diagnosed with strep throat or are showing symptoms of the disease.3,4

Sharing napkins, handkerchiefs, towels, or bedding that these people have used exposes you to the disease as well. Soft toys shared by children at home or at school can be contaminated with strep throat-causing bacteria.5

Strep throat can also be passed on from one person to another through close contact with droplets of saliva, nasal secretions, or even the breath of someone who just sneezed or coughed, and is already diagnosed or showing signs of strep throat.6,7

Your risk also increases if you touch objects like doorknobs and handles that have traces of these saliva or nasal secretions, and immediately touching your mouth, nose, or eyes afterward.8

Group A strep bacteria that causes strep throat can also reside on the skin. Even if someone does not have strep throat or any signs of the disease, but has traces of this type of bacteria on the skin, close contact with this person can raise your chances of being affected with strep throat.9

Exposure to sores that are a result of a strep skin infection also increases your risk for strep throat.10

When Is Strep Throat Most Prominent?

Strep throat cases usually rise during the late fall and early spring (although you can get diagnosed at any time of the year) in places where most people are in close contact with each other, such as schools, day care centers, military barracks, and even offices.11,12

Family members can also pass the disease from one person to another, so it’s absolutely vital to take precautionary measures to avoid the onset and spread of strep throat.13

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