What Makes Strep Throat Come Back?

Q:
What makes strep throat come back?

A:
If you have just recovered from strep throat, don’t get too relaxed. It may come back. Recurring strep throat happens when a person gets several bouts of strep throat in a short period of time. Also, having the infection more than six times in one year is a great problem.

If strep throat keeps coming back to you, it may be due to one of the following reasons:

  • living in an environment that is contaminated by the bacteria
  • not completing an antibiotic treatment
  • having a weak immune system.

A recurring bout of strep throat causes much discomfort as well as make you miss school and work. If it is severe enough, you may need surgery. Surgery, however, does not guarantee that you will not get strep throat again.

In many cases, recurring strep throat is caused by bacteria in the person’s environment. Even if he or she undergoes successful treatment, the infection may recur because the bacteria is still present in the household. The bacteria may be found on the person’s belongings, such as on bed linens. If you find yourself troubled by strep throat for a long time, doctors recommend you to disinfect the entire house.

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* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.