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Strep A Signs & Symptoms: Thursday Tip

Strep A Signs and Symptoms is this week’s Thursday Tip from Canavan Byrne. With the holidays upon us and a rise in cases of Strep A in children over the last number of weeks it is important to highlight the signs and symptoms for parents and families.

Reading news articles and watching videos online may make parents anxious. Therefore, it is important they receive information from reputable sources. At Canavan Byrne we have put together a short video clip that you can share with families of your early years service.

This video outlines the common signs and symptoms for Strep A, how to treat it at home and when to contact a doctor. We have also outlined further details on Strep A below.  You can share this information with parents and families in your service. 

Strep A Signs & Symptoms  – What Is Strep A? 

Strep A (Group A streptococcus) is a common bacteria that is sometimes found in the throat or on the skin. Normally it causes mild illness like sore throats and skin infections. In rare cases, these bacteria can cause a severe and life threatening illness called invasive Group A Streptococcal disease (iGAS). Strep A is usually treated with antibiotics.

Strep A can cause infections on skin, soft tissues (muscles, tendons, ligaments), and respiratory system (nose, throat and lungs). Possible infections include tonsillitis, pharyngitis, scarlet fever, impetigo and cellulitis. It is rare that it will result in a serious illness.

Strep A – How Does A Child Get It?

Strep A can be passed on through coughs and sneezes, or from a wound. Some people may have the bacteria in their body without feeling unwell or showing any symptoms of infections. It is possible to pass it on even if you are showing no symptoms. However, the risk of spread is much greater when a person is unwell.

The Signs & Symptoms of Strep A

The symptoms of Strep A include;

  • Sore Throat
  • High Temperature (38 Celsius or Higher)
  • Chills
  • Muscle Ache

Treating Strep A Symptoms

Normally you can treat a child’s symptoms at home and you can seek advice from a local pharmacist on medicines. Be sure to follow the correct dosage instructions on the bottle or packet. Trust your instincts. Bring your child to your GP if you are worried about them. For more information please visit www.hse.ie.