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are there any good home remedies for strep throat in my teen?

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Dr. Kevin Windisch
25 years experience Pediatrics
No: Strep throat can cause fatal heart compliations. It needs to be treated with antibiotics, see your doctor to get your child diagnosed and treated.
Answered on Apr 16, 2014
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Dr. Carla Enriquez
50 years experience Pediatrics
No: There are good home remedies for sore throats, but a strep infection should be treated with antibiotics to avoid more serious complications. Having a sore throat is not the same as having a streptococcal throat infection. Most sore throats are caused by viruses. That's when home remedies like honey and warm tea may be useful (but don't forget Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen for pain or fever).
Answered on Jun 25, 2014
Dr. Mark Diamond
46 years experience Pediatrics
Absolutely Not: Untreated strep throat in rare cases can cause serious complications. These include rheumatic heart disease which generally is permanent damage. There is a window of a week or so where treatment with appropriate antibiotics will prevent this problem. See your doctor for proper diagnosis.
Answered on Aug 11, 2017
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Dr. Martin Raff
Dr. Martin Raff commented
56 years experience Infectious Disease
Dr. Diamond's excellent advice here should not be ignored or taken lightly. Strep throat should be treated, and the sooner the better.
Mar 19, 2012

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