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How long does it take for a sore throat to heal without antibiotics?

How long does it take for a sore throat to heal without antibiotics?

Good question-: Knowing that a majority of sore throats are caused by viral (not bacterial) infections, antibiotics will not work . Give it about a week for your body's immune system to deal with it. Supportive mgmt may help. However, if it doesn't get better, symptoms worsen, you can't swallow or take anything by mouth, your breathing is affected, or you feel absolutely terrible, call your doctor immediately. ...Read more

Dr. John Leander Po
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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more


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Can you tell me how long does it takes a sore throat to heal without medications?

Can you tell me how long does it takes a sore throat to heal without medications?

If it is viral it: Might take as little as a couple of days or longer than a week. Rest, hydrate well with water ; stay far, far away from cigarette smoke. You can keep mucosa moist with a humidifier. Add honey ; a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. Slippery elm bark lozenges are another option. Saltwater gargles: mix 1 tsp salt in 8 oz warm water – gargle several times a day. ...Read more

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How long does it take for strep rash to heal?

How long does it take for strep rash to heal?

Within 7 days: Usually it will resolve within 7 days of treatment. It can be followed by mild peeling of the skin. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a lip infection to go with antibiotics?

How long does it take for a lip infection to go with antibiotics?

Estimate would be: 1-2 weeks depending on your response. Eat more fruits and veggies to boost your immune system. Any other condition like diabetes? Which can delay the resolution. Hope u feel better! ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for a sore throat to heal?

Depends on the cause: A typical viral infection should be resolving in about a week. Bacterial infections may not resolve until treated with an antibiotic. Sore throats from acid reflux can last a long time if the reflux is not treated well. Typically a sore throat should be evaluated by a doctor if not improving within a couple of weeks. Of course depending on the severity of the sore throat and other symptoms. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a swollen lip to heal?

How long does it take for a swollen lip to heal?

It depends: Injections to the lip can take a few days trauma is similar if allergic you have to find out the allergen and stop exposing the lip to it. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a pressure sore to fully heal?

How long does it take for a pressure sore to fully heal?

Varies: It will very with depth size and nutritional status. It is important to avoid constantly staying in one position and local wound care to stimulate healing. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a ear infection to get better without medicine?

See below: 80% of all ear infections are due to viral infections. This usually clear up within a few days to a week. The bacterial infections can take longer without treatment. ...Read more

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How long does it take for cellulitis to heal with antibiotics?

How long does it take for cellulitis to heal with antibiotics?

Depends: If cellulitis is bacterial and you have an antibiotic that the bug is sensitive to, there can be dramatic improvement(assuming you are in good health, etc). Might take longer to have a less sensitive bug respond. Lots of variables here, of course, but you get the idea. I hope you get well soon! ...Read more

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How long does it take for swollen glands to get better with antibiotics?

How long does it take for swollen glands to get better with antibiotics?

Better in few days: Swollen glands caused by infection start getting better after about 3 days on antibiotic as long as the right medication was chosen. Complete resolution may take weeks to months sometimes. Follow up with your doctor for a re-check if need be. Remember that some swollen glands are not from infections. ...Read more

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How long does it take for penicillan to heal a wisdom tooth?

How long does it take for penicillan to heal a wisdom tooth?

It doesn't: It may temporarily help, but the problem may be the wisdom tooth is partially impacted causing food and bacteria getting into areas in your jaw that can not be cleaned. See your oral surgeon to have them removed immediately. ...Read more

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How long does it take for an ear infection to clear without antibiotics?

How long does it take for an ear infection to clear without antibiotics?

Depends: Those that are viral would improve within a few days and be back to normal in a week. Those that are bacterial might self heal in 4-6 weeks or go on to create a chronic problem. ...Read more

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What can cause a sore thumb, and how long does it take for it to heal?

What can cause a sore thumb, and how long does it take for it to heal?

Need more info.: Sore thumb could be from a sprain/ fracture/ bruise / overuse etc. So if severe see your doctor and they could find the cause for you. ...Read more

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Following antibiotics, how long does it take for a sinus infection to feel better?

Following antibiotics, how long does it take for a sinus infection to feel better?

Fairly soon: You should notice improvement within 2 to 3 days. If you don't have any improvement then either you don't have a bacterial sinus infection or the bacteria causing the sinus infection is not sensitive to the antibiotic you are on and a different anabiotic should be tried. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a cold sore on your lip to develop?

How long does it take for a cold sore on your lip to develop?

Not long: In my experience they come on very fast. Usually there is some tingling or mild pain. Next a small pink bump shows up. By the next day it is a larger, red, fluid filled blister. If you ask your doctor for a prescription for acyclovir, Valtrex (valacyclovir) or Famvir you can take it at the first sign. Taking it right away will usually keep it from turning into an ugly fever blister. Also abreva helps (otc). ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take a sore throat to heal?

Depends: Varies. Many causes, including infectious, inflammatory, cancerous. The cause determines the length of time to heal. ...Read more

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How long does it usually take a pressure sore to heal?

How long does it usually take a pressure sore to heal?

The deepr the longer: Pressure ulcers vary from simple abrasion of the skin to deep into muscle with exposed bone. If pressure ulcer is superficial , healing may be complete in 3-4 weeks. For deep ulcers 12-16 weeks might be needed. Some pressure ulcer will never heal unless surgery is done. ...Read more

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Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more


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Viral Pharyngitis (Definition)

A sore throat is discomfort, pain, or scratchiness in the throat. A sore throat often makes ...Read more