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A 41-year-old member asked:

Are there any alternatives to a strep antibiotic?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Yes.: Most cases of strep resolve on their own. The reason we give antibiotics is to prevent complications such as rheumatic heart disease, but they are not that common. Some physicians elect to wait-and-see with strep throat patients, and of course manage pain and give fluids.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Risk to Great: Antibiotics prevent the serious complications such as rheumatic heart disease which may cause permanant heart trouble.Yes one may get better with no medicine, but is it worth the risk of these problems.
Last updated Jan 28, 2012
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