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A 32-year-old female asked:

sore throat. rapid strep neg. culture pend. i am eating popsicles, drinking herbal tea, pushing fluids and resting. md put me on medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pack. is elderberry good? how do u take it?

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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Sore throat: Elderberry is no good, in fact may irritate it due to its acidity. I'd do salt water gargles instead. Rapid strep negative, good chance the culture will be negative. Medrol (methylprednisolone) should help, but sounds like an overkill in an uncomplicated sore throat.
Dr. Peter Ihle
Orthopedic Surgery 54 years experience
By mouth: U must ask him/her how much 2 take. I don't think that there's a specific guideline.
Dr. James Henning
Anesthesiology 50 years experience
Information Scanty..: It's hard to know exactly which compounds in plants have effector activity. Moreover, each individual may have unique sensitivities and responses to naturally occurring herbs and plants. Creating elderberry tea is popular but hard evidence for its efficacy is scarce. Hope you feel better soon!

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