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!