Swimming With Strep Throat?

Is it OK for my daughter go swimming in the pool with strep throat? She's been on antibiotics for 3 days now.

Jennifer from Toms River, NJ


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June 27, 20071 found this helpful


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June 27, 20070 found this helpful

Yes, after 24 hours on antib's the child is no longer contageous. Enjoy the pool!

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June 28, 20070 found this helpful

Yes. They are no longer contagious AFTER being on antibiotics for 24 FULL hours.

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June 28, 20070 found this helpful

It depends on the type antibiotic she is taking as to whether she should be out in the sun.Some of them make you sensitive to the sunlight and can cause a very nasty sunburn.

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June 28, 20070 found this helpful

I would think that if your daughter is not running a fever, her throat doesn't hurt and she is on the anitbiotics, she could swim as long as she doesn't get a chill. But to be safe, I truly think you should call the doctor's office to ask.

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By tricia (Guest Post)
June 29, 20070 found this helpful

would you want to swim with some kid who had strep throat?

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December 7, 20160 found this helpful

The reason strep throat is contagious is because GAS bacteria live in your throat and nose making it easily for them to spread to other uninfected people around you. The bacteria travel through small droplets of water, which are released out when you sneeze or cough. As the droplets are sneezed out, they carry the infectious bacteria and land on any surface they find. If you touch any surface which has the bacterial droplets on them and then touch your nose or mouth with your contaminated hands, the infection then starts spreading in you. Similarly, if you share a glass or plate with the infected person or shake their hands, there is a high chance that you may become infected as well. It is best to wash your hands after such occasionsfollowing casual contacts. As mentioned earlier, the bacteria GAS is responsible for causing strep throat, but the Streptococcus class of bacteria also causes impetigo, an infection which causes red sores all over the body, rheumatic fever in addition to some more. The bacteria start growing in the throat or skin which leads to pus formation and non-inflammatory continuation of previous infection. Impetigo is contagious while rheumatic fever is not contagious however, strep throat can come before it, which certainly is contagious. At some times, if you touch skin sores caused by GAS, like impetigo, you can become infected easily. It is again recommended that you wash your hands.


Sometimes you can become infected from food that contains the GAS bacteria. Although it does not happen often, strep throat is foodborne as well. That is why before pasteurization, preservation and refrigeration of food was not common, strep throat spread quite commonly. In the past, outbreaks of strep throat used to happen quite commonly due to contamination and consumption of raw milk. But now foodborne strep throat is rare so if many people complain of strep throat after eating food together in a venue, it can indicate contaminated food. When it comes to strep throat, the bacteria starts infecting by colonizing in the throat. The bacteria adheres to the dermal epithelial cells which is due to a specific bacterial surface ligand binding with receptors in the throat. The strong adherence is one of the reasons strep throat cannot be simply washed away so easily. In fact, salivary fluid and mucous passing down the throat cannot scrape the bacteria strongly adhered to the skin of the throat so they continue damaging the tissues in the throat. Previous infections are also crucial as any exposure before leads to weakening of the dermal barriers so when strep throat happens again, the bacteria are able to adhere to the host cells quite easily. Studies have also shown that at certain sites, the other bacteria are in competition with the infectious cells for adherence to the host cells.


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By Lynda (Guest Post)
July 2, 20071 found this helpful

Just because a child FEELS and LOOKS better does NOT mean they are NOT contageous. It usually means in the beginning that the RX they took may have helped them with the SYMPTOMS, but too many doctors say things are not contageous which ARE. WhY? Either they are taught wrong, are taught
purposefully to say so, but either way, they GET PAID MORE THE SICKER THE PUBLIC! Keep this in mind, no matter how GREAT the doctor seems. Also,
why take chances? Better safe than sorry. Just wait the ten days and a few baths/teeth washings, so that you are fully considerate of others before exposing them to your mucous, ESPECIALLY IN THE POOL, regardless of any chemicals added.


Also, she
can catch viruses that are NOT suseptible to the RX which cured/helped with the Strep. Each illness origin
source must be tested/treated with the proper RX,
antibiotics, to be certain it gets gone. Public pools are full of the worst bacteria than one can imagine.
However, LAKE water is the absolute WORST for catching something, because the bacteria count is so high. Just use courtesy and common sense. Don't contaminate someone because you HOPE you are totally well. Make certain, then relax. This is the true
meaning of "Do unto others as you would have them to do unto you."=the Golden Rule. God bless you. : )

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By tanya (Guest Post)
July 31, 20070 found this helpful

my daughter and son just started to say theyhave a sore throat very minor do u think that if they went swimming today that it would get worse

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By Geraldine (Guest Post)
January 7, 20080 found this helpful

StepThroat is contagious. It stops being contagious 24 hours after taking the Anti-Biotics.


I just learned that today from the emergency room. Yes, I have it. Ouch! :(

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By Diane (Guest Post)
July 2, 20080 found this helpful

I find it interesting that I came across this as my son is on antibiotics for strep and asked to go swimming in our personal pool the day he started his meds. and I absolutely said no way. I told him he will have to wait till he is on the meds. longer and doing better. Sometimes it is not easy being a parent, we say no when we want to say yes to protect our kids even when they don't act sick.

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