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How To Get Rid Of Strep Throat Fast
You can't: If you have actually been diagnosed with strep throat (with a test....It can't be accurately diagnosed by looking at it), then it is really important to clear it up with an antibiotic. The bacteria that causes strep throat can cause other problems with your kidneys or heart, and no alternative medicine will prevent those problems from happening. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Strep throat: Streptococcal throat infection requires antibiotic therapy. Need to complete the full course of it in order to avoid recurrence of the disease or resulting in complications that follows the infection. Avoid spread by avoiding sharing the same utensils/kissing, close contact for at least 24 hours after starting antibiotic therapy. ...Read more
It should resolve. : Most strep infections will resolve without any antibiotic treatment. However, you should know what you are risking. Strep antibiodies can damage you own body tissues, especially heart valves. This can cuase rheumatic heart disease and can irreversably damage your heart. This is why we treat step agressivley with antibiotics. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Playing the odds: You can always play the odds and see what happens.Like the folk in the early 1900s.They also had strep & it passed.However, about 1/200 developed 1of 3 patterns of complications.The brain thing, chorea, put some in mental hospitals.The kidney thing led to sudden kidney failure that some did not survive.The heart thing ate up heart valves and left many weak for the remainder of a short life.Treat it. ...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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Strep throat: Only certain antibiotics help strep throat. The trick is if you really have strep throat or not. If someone doesn't have fever, doesn't have pus on tonsils, doesn't have big swollen lymph nodes, but does have a cough or runny nose, it is very unlikely they have strep throat. A simple in-office strep test can help though, and if positive, you can get the proper antibiotic. Best of luck! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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