Erica is the Local Perspectives editor for She is the mama of 2 boys and a punk dog and the wife to her best friend. Work experiences include writing, editing, teaching, project management, and designing PEZ dispensers. She likes thunderstorms, old barns, and driving at night in the summertime, and dislikes arrogance and pickles.

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Strep Throat After Tonsillectomy

When I had my tonsils taken out over two years ago, the doctor said I probably wouldn’t get strep throat again.  It turns out that the word probably was more important than I realized, and I don’t fall into the probably category very often.


The key to Strep Throat is the word throat.  Since I still have one, I can still get strep.  In fact, I have it now.

To remind myself and anyone else who’s battling strep in your family, here’s how to prevent it:

  • Keep hands washed.  My kids wash theirs when they walk in from school.
  • Don’t share eating and drinking items.  I know, it’s tough with little kids who grab all of your cups and want a bite from mama’s plate.
  • Teach (or re-teach) your family to cover coughs and sneezes with their arm/elbow rather than hands.

Natural sore throat remedies include:

  • Zinc tablets (like a throat lozenge)
  • Hot tea with honey, lemon, cayenne, and apple cider vinegar
  • Gargle with salt water
  • Keep hydrated and rested
  • Try wet socks therapy

Here’s hoping that strep throat doesn’t visit your family this winter.  Stay well and live well!



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