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can I get rid of strep throat without antibiotics

A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nicole Bressler
9 years experience Emergency Medicine
You can't: If you have actually been diagnosed with strep throat (with a test....It can't be accurately diagnosed by looking at it), then it is really important ... Read More
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Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
You don't: Strep throat goes through several phases. The acute phase will eventually fade in most without rx. During the sub-acute phase, the body continues to m ... Read More
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Dr. Michael Grosso
40 years experience Pediatrics
You shouldn't try.: Sore throats mostly go away with or without antibiotics. But if you have a "strep" (specifically a bacterium called s. Pyogenes or group a strep) for ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeremy Proctor
12 years experience Family Medicine
No: Strep throat absolutely must be treated with antibiotics. Not only are antibiotics needed to clear the throat infection, but they are vital to the pr ... Read More
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Dr. Mark Diamond
46 years experience Pediatrics
Take No Chances: Untreated strep throat in rare cases can cause serious complications. These include rheumatic heart disease which generally is permanent damage. There ... Read More
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Dr. Ted King
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No: Dr. Diamond is right: take no chances.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
Playing the odds: You can always play the odds and see what happens.Like the folk in the early 1900s.They also had strep & it passed.However, about 1/200 developed 1of ... Read More
A 19-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
Symptoms will pass: The symptoms of strep throat generally pass in a few days, if that's what it is. Gargling with salt water or sucking candy will help. That said, the ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Streph: You need antibiotic treatment if you have streph throat. The only way to know if you have streph is to get it tested. Rest, hydrate well with water & ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Diede
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No: Antibiotics are required to kill the bacteria that causes strep throat. Claritin-d might make you feel somewhat better, but it will not treat it. Untr ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Faryal Ghaffar
30 years experience Pediatrics
Strep throat: Streptococcal throat infection requires antibiotic therapy. Need to complete the full course of it in order to avoid recurrence of the disease or resu ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
Two steps: Step one: proper diagnosis= quick strep test with high accuracy step two: take your medicine on schedule you will not be contagous after 24hrs on me ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mel Goldberg
46 years experience Pediatrics
You cannot: I would need more information as to what you were on---some antibiotics are not appropriate for strep throat.
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Dr. Mary Engrav
31 years experience Emergency Medicine
For : For throat pain you can take advil or tylenol (acetaminophen). Continue drinking plenty of fluids. If you have worsening pain, fever, rash or vomitin ... Read More
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