- What happened?
Last month I had a friend that passed away. He was a really wonderful guy in his late 20’s. Well, this is what happened in a nut shell. He happened to catch a cold which turned into a terrible cough/ sore throat. The cough turned into pneumonia. Then he passed away.
Now, to go back, the sore throat that he had was strep throat that turned into strep pneumonia. That was the diagnosis given by the doctors to the family and then to me.
Strep throat by what I understand is an infection in the throat. It is mainly identified by having painful sore throat and fever or cold. There are other symptoms like swollen tonsils, swollen lymph nodes, fatigue, rash, vomiting, and spots in the back or roof of the mouth. If you have any of these symptoms associated with a sore throat, you should definitely go to the doctor. Strep throat is a very serious infection that can attack the lungs. It must be identified by the doctor asap! The doctor has two tests for strep throat a quickie test and the more extensive test. The quickie test is when the doctor or nurse swabs your uvula and within a short period of time you are told (that day!) whether you have strep throat or not. With the more extensive test, again the uvula is swabbed and then the swab stick is taken to a lab where it is examined. Both tests should be taken that same day you visit the doctor. If you are diagnosed with strep throat, it is then treated by antibiotics that is prescribed by your doctor. Unfortunately, doctors say antibiotics is the only way to treat strep throat.
- How is it possible to get strep pneumonia?
One way I have read that strep throat can turn into strep pneumonia is by drinking alcohol. The amount of alcohol you have to drink, I don’t know. To my understanding, drinking alcohol kills the affects of medications and/ or breaks down your immune system where instead of getting better your body gets worse.
(This is the most plausible answer I could find…being that my friend was also a bartender.)
- How do you get better if you think you have strep throat?
1. Drink lots of water! — in addition, common cold fighting remedies like chicken soup and tea.
2. Lots of Rest.
3. Stay home and away from people — It is contagious.
4. Make an appointment to see the doctor! ASAP.
I hope this reaches many people!
Here are some informational links about strep throat: