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what at-home treatments are there for strep throat?

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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Not Really Any: If strep throat is documented through a rapid antigen swab or throat culture, there is no homeopathic or home remedy cure. Antibiotics are absolutely necessary to prevent any risk of complications, no matter how remote the chance. Rheumatic heart disease, for example, may cause permanent heart damage. Home treatments for pain such as tea with honey, gargling cold liquids, etc may help.
Dr. Tal Dagan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 24 years experience
Strep throat: The at home treatment for a sore throat not strep is a salt water gargle and hot tea. However, if you are experiencing fever, increasing difficulty swallowing or pain with swallowing, you should not continue to try home remedies, you probably need an antibiotic, go to your primary medical doctor or an ENT for help.

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A 50-year-old member asked:

How long does it take to recover from strep throat ?

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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Usually 1-2 days: If the infection is an uncomplicated strep throat and you are on appropriate antibiotcs, 24-48 hours from initiation of the medication.
A 53-year-old member asked:

Is strep throat seasonal?

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Dr. Jay Park
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Pediatrics 50 years experience
Yes!: Majority of "strep throat" occurs in winter and spring.
A 24-year-old member asked:

Is there a difference between strep throat and losing your voice?

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Yes.: Strep usually affects the upper throat; vocal cords are lower, and people who lose voice with strep usually have an abscess in their neck from the strep infection - or laryngitis, which is a different (viral) infection altogether.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

Some people don't get strep throat, is that right?

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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Yes: But why is unknown. Whether they are somehow never exposed or have great natural immunity is not clear. It is thought that these folks do get strep infections, but so mild they have little or no symptoms.
A 29-year-old member asked:

What do scientists call strep throat?

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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Infection: A strep throat is a bacterial infection caused by streptococcus generally focused in the throat. It requires antibiotics to cure more quickly, but primarily to prevent serious complications such as rheumatic heart disease.

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