Anyone who is pregnant and thinks that they may have strep throat should see a doctor. Doctors can treat strep throat with medications that fight bacterial infections. Although it does not often happen, untreated strep throat during pregnancy can lead to serious medical complications in both the woman and the fetus.
Should I go to the doctor for a sore throat while pregnant?
Call Doctor If:
Your sore throat is severe or lasts more than three days. You have a fever with a sore throat. Your sore throat comes on suddenly or makes it difficult to swallow or breathe.
What can a pregnant woman take for a sore throat?
Pregnant women can take acetaminophen (Tylenol) for a sore throat with a limit of 3,000 mg in 24 hours. An antihistamine may help if the sore throat is due to postnasal drip because it can dry up those secretions. Sprays or lozenges that contain benzocaine, a local anesthetic, can help numb the throat.
Can you get rid of strep throat without antibiotics?
If you have strep throat—which is caused by bacteria—your doctor may prescribe an antibiotic, such as penicillin. But strep throat goes away on its own in 3 to 7 days with or without antibiotics.
How long is strep contagious?
Strep throat can be contagious for about 2-3 weeks in individuals who are not taking antibiotics. However, individuals who do take antibiotics for strep throat usually are no longer contagious about 24- 48 hours after initiating antibiotic therapy.
How did I catch strep throat?
People who are infected spread the bacteria by coughing or sneezing, which creates small respiratory droplets that contain the bacteria. People can get sick if they: Breathe in those droplets. Touch something with droplets on it and then touch their mouth or nose.
What is the difference between strep throat and sore throat?
Strep throat and sore throat are throat infections. Strep throat is a bacterial infection of the throat. Sore throat is a viral or a bacterial infection of the throat, although more than 90 percent of cases are caused by a virus. You feel pain in your throat and suddenly it hurts to swallow.
Is strep contagious to adults?
Who’s Most Likely to Get It? Strep throat often spreads in late fall and early spring, when children are in school. People 5 to 15 years old are most likely to get strep. But adults can get it, too.
Does being sick while pregnant affect the baby?
Maternal Cold or Flu with Fever During Pregnancy May Be Linked to Birth Defects. A study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that women who had a cold or flu with fever just before or during early pregnancy may be more likely to have a baby born with a birth defect.
Can I have cough drops while pregnant?
Expectorants like Mucinex, cough suppressants like Robitussin, vapor rubs like Vicks VapoRub, and cough drops are all considered safe during pregnancy.