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If you have strep throat, you can help prevent spreading the infection by covering your nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing, staying at home for 24 hours after starting antibiotics, and not sharing eating or drinking utensils with others. Other ways to prevent it include washing your hands frequently and practicing good personal hygiene.

Preventing Strep Throat -- An Overview

Practicing good personal hygiene can help prevent strep throat.
Proper hand cleaning is the best way to prevent this and many other types of infections. Clean your hands regularly, and teach your children how to clean their hands properly.
To properly wash your hands, scrub them briskly for at least 15 seconds with soap and water. Pay special attention to the fingernails, between the fingers, and the wrists. After washing, dry them with a disposable towel. When you don't have access to soap and water, carry a small bottle of hand sanitizer containing at least 62 percent alcohol.
Other ways to help prevent the spread of strep throat include:
  • Do not share eating or drinking utensils, especially with a person who has strep throat.
  • Do not touch your eyes, mouth, or nose after direct contact with some infected with strep bacteria.
  • Cover the nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing. Use the inside of the elbow to cover the nose and mouth to contain the spread of infectious fluids and prevent contaminating the hands.
  • For those diagnosed with strep throat, stay at home from school, day care, or work for at least 24 hours after antibiotics are started.
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