Fatal Cases of Strep in Midland County

by Victor Lopez
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - Regularly, cases of strep are found in a person's respiratory tract.   But don't panic.   Just because you have strep, doesn't mean you'll come down with the invasive strain.

Some strains of strep are more resistant to treatment than others.

A five to ten minute test at your doctor's office can tell you if have it or not.

If you do, a good dose of antibiotics should be all you need to take care of it.

According to Dr. Richard Bartlett with Permian Prompt Care, "A doctor just needs to use best judgment when he sees a patient.  If he proves that it's strep, treat it appropriately with an appropriate antibiotic that is going to be working the first time not after a couple courses of antibiotics and then switching to something that would be more aggressive."

Here's what to look for if you think you might be comming down with strep.

Symptoms include fever, chills, body aches, sore throat or swollen tonsils and fatigue.

If you have any of these, don't ingnore them. Call your doctor and make an appointment.

To help minimize you risk of catching strep or passing it along to someone else, make sure to take your meds completely when you get them.

Dont share toothbrushes or food or drink with anyone else.

Wash your hands regularly with soap and water or an alcohol based hand sanitizer, especially after coughing or sneezing.

If you feel you are coming down with something, use your common sense judgement.   Take precautions and see you doctor.

Since both strains of strep have similar symptoms, the important thing is not to ignore them.