Listen I'm no doctor , I don't even play one on TV and I did not sleep in a Holiday Inn Express last night but I do think that people are getting sick all around me and we should all pay attention to the warning signs. I'm talking about Strep throat and infections. I bring it up only because I have been watching my family get pretty sick left and right and I have many friends who have been battling coughs, muscle pains, fatigue and sometimes fevers for a while now.

I bring up Strep throat because at least at my son's doctors as they gave us the news that our 5 year old Caden did indeed test positive for Strep throat they also mentioned that it was like the 17th positive test they had today. This isn't an epidemic or something you should worry about if you just have a cough or cold but if you have a sore throat and a fever as well, you may want to see your doctor and get some antibiotics right away.

SO with the weather getting colder and everyone around you getting sick what can you do to prevent getting sick? According to WebMD:

"To avoid getting strep throat, it is a good idea to avoid contact with anyone who has a strep infection.

Wash your hands often when you are around people with colds or viral or bacterial illnesses. Do not share toothbrushes or eating and drinking utensils.

  • Bacteria are almost always transmitted by contact with tiny droplets from an infected person. Strep throat is passed from one person to another by contact with the tiny droplets of an infected person's cough, sneeze, or breath.
  • Bacteria can also live for a short time on doorknobs, water faucets, and other objects. If you touch an infected object and then touch your eyes, nose, or mouth, you can become infected with the bacteria or virus.
  • Bacteria can also be carried on food.

Keep up your body's resistance to infection with a good diet, plenty of sleep, and regular exercise. Managing stress can also strengthen your body's ability to fight off illness, such as strep throat."

SO take it easy, eat well and exercise and try to stay away from people who are obviously sick and maybe you and your family can avoid a trip to the doctors and a day or two away from work or school. If you think you have something that isn't getting better or seems more serious than just a cold make sure you see your doctor as soon as you can.