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Do you always need antibiotics for strep throat?

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Dr. James Ferguson answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

It depends. Those with strep throat act as a reservoir for the disease & can pass it to others when they go untreated. The risk of secondary strep complications include rheumatic fever, heart/kidney & nervous system disorders but these occur in only a fraction of infected people. Some are asymptomatic carriers who never have complications. As many as 1/2 sore throats are viral.

Answered Apr 25, 2021



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