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How Do You Get Strep Throat?

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  • You can get strep throat through exposure to the Streptococcus pyogenes or Group A streptococcus bacteria, the pathogen mainly responsible for this disease
  • Sharing items with an infected person and touching surfaces with strep bacteria raises your risk of this disease
  • Schools, day care centers, military barracks, nursing homes, offices and households are areas where the strep throat-causing bacteria can spread from one person to another

Strep throat is a contagious disease that you can get when you become infected with Group A streptococcus bacteria (Streptococcus pyogenes).1 If left unaddressed, strep throat can progress into severe and life-threatening complications.2

How Is Strep Bacteria Commonly Transmitted From One Person to Another?

One of the main ways you can be infected with strep throat is by frequently sharing eating utensils, glasses,3 plates or bowls with people who are either diagnosed with or showing symptoms of the disease.4,5 You can also be exposed to the strep throat-causing bacteria if you share napkins, handkerchiefs or towels.6 If you have children, the toys they share at home or at school can be contaminated with strep throat-causing bacteria and raise their risk for the disease.7

Strep throat can be transmitted from one person to another via exposure to saliva or nasal secretions of someone who just sneezed or coughed, or prolonged physical contact with someone who is already infected or showing signs of strep throat.8

If you touch objects like doorknobs and handles with traces of the bacteria, and place your hands or fingers to your mouth, nose or eyes after, your risk for strep throat also increases.9

Strep throat-causing bacteria may exist on the skin too. As such, close contact with the skin of someone with this pathogen can raise your chances of being affected with strep throat.10 In some cases, the Group A strep bacteria can also cause sores, and touching them may increase your strep throat risk.11

Some Locations Can Raise Your Strep Throat Risk

While you can be diagnosed with strep throat at any time of the year, cases tend to rise during the late fall12 and early spring13 in places where most people come in contact with each other, such as schools, day care centers,14 military barracks, nursing homes15 and even offices.16 Family members can also pass the disease from one person to another in households,17 so it’s absolutely vital to take precautionary measures to avoid the onset and spread of strep throat.


Strep Throat: Introduction

What Is Strep Throat?

Is Strep Throat Contagious?

Strep Throat Symptoms

Strep Throat Causes

How Do You Get Strep Throat

Strep Throat Without Tonsils

Strep Throat Duration

Strep Throat vs Sore Throat

Strep Throat Treatment

Strep Throat Prevention

Strep Throat Diet

Strep Throat FAQ

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