September 12, 2011
CBS19 is checking in with Dr. Paige Nolte of Palmyra Medical Associates. She says strep throat is this week's big bug.
Symptoms include sore throat, rash, headache, fever, stomach ache and sore glands.
The incubation period lasts between one and three days and it can only be transmitted for 24 hours after starting medicine. Also, children ages 3 to 15 and people in school or the military are more likely to be susceptible.
For treatment, Dr. Nolte suggests penicillin, or erythromycin if you're allergic to penicillin. You can prevent step throat by washing your hands thoroughly and covering your cough.