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Are there any over-the-counter rapid strep throat tests?

Are there any over-the-counter rapid strep throat tests?

No: An office or facility must have a lab certification through the feds to use this diagnostic tool. At the least it requires a physician/lab director licensed in the state and be subject to inspection and regular registration updates. ...Read more

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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I have a sore throat and feel a strep throat coming on. Is there any over-the-counter medication I can take to prevent this from happening?

I have a sore throat and feel a strep throat coming on. Is there any over-the-counter medication I can take to prevent this from happening?

No: Strep throat is a bacterial infection that takes root no matter what preventative measures you may employ. Now if it's a viral infection instead, then some homeopathic remedies may help a bit, like echinacea. However, staying well hydrated and resting is the best medicine. ...Read more

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Please describe a good home remedy for pain from strep throat?

Please describe a good home remedy for pain from strep throat?

None: If you really have a strep throat it will get better without antibiotic treatment after about 7 days but you then run the risk of developing the serious post-streptococcal sequella of glomerulonephritis and rheumatic fever. To prevent this risk you need to take 10 full days of a penicillin antibiotic. Symptomatic treatments include throat lozenges, cepacol throat spray and tylenol (acetaminophen). ...Read more

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Can you recommend a home remedy to prevent strep throat?

No: 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. 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

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Can you suggest a home remedy for strep throat and blisters for a child with their molars coming in?

Can you suggest a home remedy for strep throat and blisters for a child with their molars coming in?

Please don't use: A home remedy for streph throat. There can be complications down the road if it is nottreated with an appropriate antibiotic. ...Read more

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Are there any home remedy's for pain relieving with strep throat? It hurts to swallow and I can't eat, but my mom won't but me any medicine for it.

Are there any home remedy's for pain relieving with strep throat? It hurts to swallow and I can't eat, but my mom won't but me any medicine for it.

Sore throat: Firstly, you used the term strep throat. Was this diagnosed by a throat swab performed by a medical professional. If so, then antibiotics are required. But, most sore throat are viral.

Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen may help with pain. At home remedies include warm liquids to drink and warm salt water gargles. ...Read more

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What are some home remedies for strep throat?

What are some home remedies for strep throat?

Don't rely on home: Remedies for strep throat - this requires antibiotics to prevent future serious sequela. But here are remedies to go along with that. Saltwater gargles are very helpful. Mix a teaspoon of salt in 8 oz of warm water – gargle with this several times a day. You can gargle with aloe vera juice a couple of times per day. A mixture of chamomile tea with honey ; a small amount of lemon juice is good. ...Read more

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How can I know any home remedies for strep throat?

Use antibiotics.: It is imperative to use antibiotics for strep throat to avoid serious health complications. For symptom relief consider making tea with 2 tsp of marshmallow root bark per 1cup of hot water (steep in a covered pot for at least 5 minutes). Drink several times a day or as needed to relieve throat pain. ...Read more

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Are there some yummy home remedies for strep throat relief?

Home remedies: 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. Add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea.
Pour boiling water over thinly sliced >>>. ...Read more

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Are there any good home remedies for strep throat in my teen?

Are there any good home remedies for strep throat in my teen?

Absolutely Not: Untreated strep throat in rare cases can cause serious complications. These include rheumatic heart disease which generally is permanent damage. There is a window of a week or so where treatment with appropriate antibiotics will prevent this problem. See your doctor for proper diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me about effective home remedies for strep throat?

None: If you have a strep throat you need antibiotic treatment, usually 10 days of a penicillin antibiotic. The sore throat and fever will resolve in a week even without treatment but you then run the risk of getting serious rheumatic fever or glomerulonephritis. No home remedies will prevent these sequella.
Symptomatic treatments include throat lozenges, cepacol throat spray and tylenol (acetaminophen). ...Read more

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What are the strep throat home remedies?

Antibiotics: 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. 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

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I have strep throat, and I'm at my dads house, and I forgot my meds so is there any home remedies?

No: If you have a strep throat even without antibiotic treatment you will probably get better in about 7 days but you will then run the risk of developing the serious post-streptococcal sequella of glomerulonephritis or rheumatic fever. To prevent this you must take a full 10 days of a penicillin antibiotic. Throat lozenges, cepacol throat spray and tylenol (acetaminophen) are symptomatic treatments. ...Read more

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I think I may have strep throat what are some home remedies?

I think I may have strep throat what are some home remedies?

Antibiotics: 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. 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

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I cannot afford the doctors bill if I have strep throat. Are there any medical remedies?

I cannot afford the doctors bill if I have strep throat. Are there any medical remedies?

Not effective ones: Please make sure that strep throat is treated with antibiotics. 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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And my voice is fading in and out. Ido not have strep throat. Are there any home remedies that can help soothe my throat, and make it better quickly?

And my voice is fading in and out. Ido not have strep throat. Are there any home remedies that can help soothe my throat, and make it better quickly?

Sore Throat: 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. Add 2 to 3 tbs honey & sip. Try thyme tea. ...Read more

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Any home remedies for killing the bacteria from strep throat?

No: If you really have a strep throat it will usually get better without antibiotic treatment in about 7 days but you then run the risk of developing the serious post-streptococcal sequella of glomerulonephritis or rheumatic fever. To prevent this risk you need to take a full 10 days of a penicillin antibiotic. Symptomatic treatments include throat lozenges, cepacol throat spray and tylenol (acetaminophen). ...Read more

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Are there any solutions to cure a strep throat without seeing a doctor like with home remedies?

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

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Until I am able to get into the doctor, what home remedies should I use to help with strep throat?

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

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Home remedies for a strep throat and sore throat?

Home remedies for a strep throat and sore throat?

See below.: If you have been diagnosed with a strep test and definitely have strep, please take and complete the course of antibiotics prescribed by your doctor. If you are waiting for a test result or waiting for the antibiotic to start working, you can take acetaminophen or ibuprofen and drink lots of fluids and eat soft foods. If you haven't been seen yet, please do see your doctor. ...Read more

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I have a low fever diaherria strep throat and bad migranes what type of OTC medicine should I take?

See the doctor: If you have "strep" throat, which indicates infection by bacteria named streptococcus, you will need to take antibiotics. This is confirmed by testing by your provider. But, not all sore throats are due to strep throat. Your primary care doctor will be able to determine this by taking a throat culture. Often, sore throats are caused by viruses, which are self-limited. ...Read more

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What to do if I have strep throat, a lot of blisters and molars growing. Any home remedies?

What to do if I have strep throat, a lot of blisters and molars growing. Any home remedies?

No -- see Dr. ASAP: If you have strep, you must get seen by a Dr., get tested, and if the test is positive, you must take antibiotics. Strep throat, if untreated, can lead to rheumatic fever, which can cause permanent damage to heart and kidneys. While you're there, the Dr. Can look at the blisters. Feel better! ...Read more

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When I get sick its always broncitis/strep throat. What could I get OTC that will get rid of the mucus and cough, shorten my "cold"?

When I get sick its always broncitis/strep throat. What could I get OTC that will get rid of the mucus and cough, shorten my "cold"?

Several things: This is a problem that necessitates a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. This will allow him/her to examine you, ask specific questions. And possibly order tests to find out what's wrong and what to do to help you. ...Read more

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What is strep throat s history?

What is strep throat s history?

?: Unsure what you mean with your question. If you mean it's prodrome (early presentation), the symptoms can widely vary and group a beta-hemolytic strep can masquerade as a lot of other illnesses. However, sore throat, sometimes fevers, frontal headache, stomach ache, vomiting and nausea, sandpapery rash are all seen. ...Read more

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I have read that if you tough strep throat out your body could build up natural immunity. What are the pro’s and con’s of not treating strep throat and likelihood of contracting other infections? Also how likely is it that you would build immunity?

I have read that if you tough strep throat out your body could build up natural immunity. What are the pro’s and con’s of not treating strep throat and likelihood of contracting other infections? Also how likely is it that you would build immunity?

Treat strep!: You don't want rheumatic heart disease. There are several species of strep After you have one species, it is true that you are immune to that species. It does not mean that it did not give you rheumatic heart disease first. And it does not mean you are less likely to get the other species os strep. So take your antibiotic for all 10 days (Less days won't prevent rheumatic fever). ...Read more

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Is strep throat resistant to erythromycin in the u.S.?

Is strep throat resistant to erythromycin in the u.S.?

Resistance to drugs: Strep can be resistant to a great number of antibiotics that is the problem partially caused by the overuse of antibiotic for unnecessary treatments strep use to be best treated with Ampicillin but has become in many cases resistant. Only if your child is allergic to penicillin would Erythromycin or cephalosporin be used. The first choice is Ampicillin and if that is not working a switchto amox. ...Read more

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Can my baby catch strep throat?

Can my baby catch strep throat?

Yes: Although there is a common misconception that babies don't get strep, they can and frequently do, especially if there are school age children in the home, or if the child attends daycare. If you think your child has a sore throat, they need to be seen. If they have a positive strep test, they require antibiotics to prevent rheumatic fever. Strep cannot be diagnosed without a strep test or culture. ...Read more

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How long would strep throat last?

Varies: Infection may last up to 10 days but symptoms of throat pain and discomfort, headache and malaise should improve within 24-48 hrs of starting antibiotics. ...Read more

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Can strep throat go away on its own?

Can strep throat go away on its own?

1st Sx will: Strep throat goes through several phases. The acute symptoms will eventually fade in most without rx. During the sub-acute phase, the body continues to make antibodies and a fraction (1/200) develop long term complications including kidney damage, heart damage (rheumatic fever) and brain injury. Antibiotics can stop the complications if started within ~10 days of first fever. ...Read more

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What can I do to treat strep throat?

What can I do to treat strep throat?

Antibiotics: Untreated strep throat can lead to serious complications. Complications can include infection of middle ear, sinuses, tonsils, skin & blood; scarlet fever, inflammation of the kidney (glomerulonephritis) & eventually rheumatic fever. Please see your physician for strep test/ culture. If strep +, you will need antibiotic treatment. ...Read more

Strep Throat (Definition)

A throat infection caused by a strep bacteria that responds ...Read more