Strep causes sore throats, a feeling of fullness in the tonsils, fevers and painful lumps in the throat. According to Dr. Edwin Baca from Integrity urgent care, the number of strep cases in his office are on the rise.
"Over the past couple of weeks we have seen a pretty significant increase in our group A strep," said Baca.
This bacterial illness can only be treated with antibiotics, and failure to treat it properly could lead to rheumatic heart fever or heart failure.
The bacteria that causes strep is not airborne, instead it is passed from one person to another through hand contact. Baca said sharing keyboards or utensils is one way a person can become infected, which is why washing hands is a good defense against the illness.
Once exposed, symptoms can show up within 24 to 48 hours.
Those who believe they have strep should see a doctor immediately. Those with strep are no longer considered contagious after 24 to 48 hours of taking antibiotics.