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How To Cure Strep Throat Without Going To The Doctor
Things to ponder: Strep A, like many other causes of sore throat can "get better" without treatment. However, you could be rolling the dice. Failure to treat with antibiotics within 7-10 days of first symptoms can trigger (1/200) the antibody production that leads to rheumatic fever and associated heart disease. It's a major cause of death in the 3rd world. How much risk are you willing to accept? ...Read more
No: A strep throat will usually resolve in about 7 days even without antibiotic treatment but you then run the risk of developing the serious post -streptococcal sequella of glomerulonephritis or rheumatic fever. To prevent this risk you must take a full 10 days of a penicillin antibiotic. No home remedies will prevent this risk. Lozenges, cepacol throat spray and tylenol (acetaminophen) are symptomatic treatments. ...Read more
Get streph test:
Don't skip the streph test to avoid complications. Sore throat
for significant sore throat with swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician & get a streph throat test. Consider tylenol (acetaminophen) or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications.
Saltwater gargles: mix 1 tsp salt in 8 oz warm water – gargle several times a day. Or gargle with aloe vera juice twice a day. ...Read more
What importance should I go about dealin with strep throat I have had it for 1 week now without going to the doctor?
Risks involved: The frequency of complications from untreated strep vary from kidney disease that usually shows up early 4wks. The combined risk is estimated at about 1% per individual infection but varies regionally depending on the strain in the area. You have ~ 10 days from 1st sx to treat ; abort the long term risk. ...Read more
See your doctor!: I can't stress enough to see your/a doctor with this. Sore throat, fever, and chills are symptoms. Diagnosis is by throat culture, and this can be done in a walk-in clinic on the same day. Treatment is with benzathine penicillin/penicillin x 10 days, and it is important to get it within 9 days of onset, before possible acute renal failure that can rarely happen with this disease. ...Read more
Don't gamble. Get a streph test and be treated with antibiotics if indicated to prevent later complications. Saltwater gargles: mix 1 tsp salt in 8 oz warm water – gargle several times a day. Or gargle with aloe vera juice twice a day. Add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea.
Pour boiling water over thinly sliced ginger. Steep 5 min. In a covered pot. ...Read more
How do you know?: There are no specific symptoms of strep throat that distinguish it from other causes of sore throat. A screening test or culture is the only way to be sure it's strep. Most of the time a sore throat will get better by itself. The main reason for treating strep throat is to prevent rare but potentially serious complications, like rheumatic fever which can cause permanent heart damage. ...Read more
No: Dr. Diamond is right: take no chances. ...Read more
You don't: You need strep test/ culture. Sxs of strep throat can include: large, red painful tonsils with white exudates; small red dots on the roof of the mouth; swollen lymph nodes on the neck; fever, headache, rash, difficulty swallowing, fatigue & rash. Complications can include infection of middle ear, sinuses, tonsils, skin & blood; scarlet fever, inflammation of the kidney & rheumatic fever. ...Read more
Can I get an antibiotic for my strep throat with out going to the doctor please help I'm in pain.!?
No: You need to see the doctor and make sure it is strep. Antibiotics only help strep not viruses. See the answer for symptomatic pain relif. ...Read more
Define necessary: Some folks choose to avoid health care professionals & treatments & let life run its course. Strep throat will many times improve without treatment & the complications only strike 1/200 untreated patients. For those who want to avoid complications & not spread the germ to others, office exam & testing are needed along with treatment when confirmed. The choice for an adult is up to them. ...Read more
No need: No. Your symptoms are gone. Why would you need any further medical intervention? ...Read more
I might have strep throat just stated showing signs of it today. Nvr had it before its a bit painful. Would it still be ok to go to the doctor tomorow?
Yes: But make sure you get treatment. So see your physician soon. ...Read more
I can't afford to go to the doctors, I'm pretty sure I have strep throat since it was going around, I have all the symptoms. What should I do?
Urgent care center: Living in the mid cities, there are many affordable urgent care centers, like primacare, in your area. Go today to get this checked out. The fees are not expensive, and if you do have strep throat, the cost of antibiotics is very modest. If you need to borrow money, do so. This is important. ...Read more
I can't afford to go to the doctors and I'm pretty sure I have strep throat because it was going around, I have all the symptoms. What should I do?
Clinic: Are there no free or reduced price clinics available? Perhaps a local doctor will see you with the promise of later compensation? Ask mr. Perry why texans have such poor health coverage. ...Read more
I have strep throat and was told I can't go to work but I have a deadline to meet. My doctor. Said it was dangerous. How so? For who?
Your co-workers!: Strep is contagious, so you risk infecting others who may come in contact with you while infectious (coughing, sneezing, hand-hand contact), but you stop being contagious a day or two after being on antibiotics. Don't risk getting others sick if you are not yet better or there will be more deadlines missed than yours. ...Read more
So I have strep throat I am pretty sure and its been a week and I am going to the doctors tuesday but it is starting to get hard for me to swallow wil?
In order to diagnose strep throat, we need a sample from your tonsils.
If you really have difficulty swallowing solid food and developing fever, don't wait till tuesday as you may develop something more serious.
Difficulty swallowing means solid food gets stuck in your throat. ...Read more
See below: A doctor can be highly suspicious that youb have a strep. Throat based on signs and symptoms. It usually starts with a sore throat and headache. This is followed by fever, pus on the throat or tonsils and enlarged lymph nodes at the angles of the jaws. Rapid strep test if positive and throat culture if the rapid test is negative are diagnostic. ...Read more
Until I am able to get into the doctor, what home remedies should I use to help with strep throat?
Symptoms will pass: The symptoms of strep throat generally pass in a few days, if that's what it is. Gargling with salt water or sucking candy will help. That said, the real reason to treat strep is to end the possibility your body will create abnormal antibodies that will attack your brain, kidneys or heart. Rheumatic fever is uncommon today but still exists. Overall risk/untreated infection may be as high as 1%. ...Read more
Yes. Very common: This option is quite common as a way to quick and effective way if treating a relatively common bacterial throat infection. Docket must confirm infection with a rapid strep test or throat culture. Getting a penicillin shot "in the buttock" will not work for a viral infection. ...Read more
Why am I still in pain with strep throat after 4 days of taking amoxicillin I've had this 12 yrs in a row first year I didn't go to doctor?
I think I have strep throat... There is a white line in my throat and it hurts really bad... It is too late to go to doctors... Should I go to school?
You should..: ...Go to your doctor tomorrow and get a strep test. If the strep test is positive, you need antibiotics. If the strep test is negative, it's a virus that will run its course. Do not take antibiotics without a strep test. It's impossible to know with any certainty whether it's strep or not by looking at it...You need a test. ...Read more
Do you take your child to the doctors for every sniffle and cough because it might be strep throat?
No: If they are not old enough to tell you they have a sore throat, the chances of their having strep related complications are almost non-existent. Some infants & toddlers can carry strep when they are not sick or when they really have a simple viral illness. There are conflicting thoughts as to whether these should ever be treated just because strep is found on a quick test. ...Read more
Absolutely: With breathing problems, you should contact your doc asap. ...Read more
Must get med eval: For significant sore throat with swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician & get a streph throat test. If you have streph throat, antibiotic therapy is imperative to prevent future compications. Complications can include infection of middle ear, sinuses, tonsils, skin & blood; scarlet fever, inflammation of the kidney (glomerulonephritis) & eventually rheumatic fever. ...Read more
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