How do you get strep?
Strep throat is caused by bacteria, called group A Streptococcus, that live in your nose and throat. It spreads when people who are infected cough or sneeze, releasing tiny droplets that carry the bacteria. You can catch strep throat if you breathe in those droplets or touch something that has droplets on it and then touch your nose or mouth. You can also catch strep throat by using an eating utensil that an infected person has used, or by touching skin sores — called impetigo — that are caused by group A strep.
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