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Dr. Michael Ein
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Will strep throat go away without treatment? What happens if i don't get treatment for strep throat, or don't finish my antibiotics? .

Will strep throat go away without treatment? What happens if i don't get treatment for strep throat, or don't finish my antibiotics?

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See below: A strep throat will usually resolve without treatment but failing to take appropriate antibiotics can permit complications to occur such as a retropharyngeal abscess or septic thrombophlebitis of the neck veins. Failure to take a full course of antibiotics, usually 10 days can allow non infectious sequella ie. Rheumatic fever or post-streptococcal glomerulonephritis to occur. ...Read more

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Strep Throat (Definition)

It's a throat infection caused by a strep bacteria that responds rapidly to most antibiotics. There can be a number of other bacteria involved in addition to strep so a regular culture (not just a quick strep ...Read more


Dr. Laura McMullen
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Hello, my son has strep throat and i wanted to treat it without antibiotics. He's 3 and were on our 4th day of strep and with natural treatment he has not gotten worse, or better. I have an appt. Tomorrow morning with his pediatrician.

Since : Since it has been 4 days, you have probably seen his pediatrician by now. Hopefully, he is on treatment. Just for future reference, anyone with strep should be treated with antibiotics. Even though 90% of people with a strep throat infection will get better on their own, 10% of those people (usually kids) will go on to develop rheumatic fever - a serious complication of strep. 40% of those folks will go on to have inflammation of the heart and permanent damage to the valves. Luckily, we rarely see this anymore because most strep is treated with antibiotics before it gets to this point, but before antibiotics, this was a common occurance and many kids died. For that reason, i cannot recommend "natural" treatments for strep since they put your child at risk for permanent and serious heart damage. ...Read more

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Dr. James Ferguson
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My family member is now on antibiotic treatment for strep throat infection. Is there still a possibility to have complications even if treated early ?

My family member is now on antibiotic treatment for strep throat infection. Is there still a possibility to have complications even if treated early ?

Unlikely an issue: For strep throat, studies show treatment as late as 9-10 days after first symptoms will shut down the antibody response that leads to rheumatic fever. Early treatment increases the chance that no such problems will occur. ...Read more

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Dr. R Smith
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What can I do to cure strep throat without antibiotics?

What can I do to cure strep throat without antibiotics?

Goes away on its own: Strep goes away on its own. Antibiotics are used to reduce the chance of developing rheumatic fever down the road, not to get rid of the strep. So, while strep throat actually doesn't need to be treated with antibiotics for it to go away, there is a theoretical increased risk of developing rheumatic fever (immune system inflames the joints and sometimes the heart) without treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. James Lin
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Can a10 day course of non-penicillin antibiotics orally to treat Strep throat unknowingly cure/treat primary or secondary syphilis?

Can a10 day course of non-penicillin antibiotics orally to treat Strep throat unknowingly cure/treat primary or secondary syphilis?

Here are some ...: I would not contemplate the possible effective Rx for asymptomatic syphilis. If you think you're in a high risk for syphilis due to personal lifestyle, just do inexpensive indirect serological test first (VDRL or RPR) ; if (+), do direct confirming serological test (FTA-ABS test). So, ask Doc timely for detail. ...Read more

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Dr. Willam Lau
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Have strep throat so started taking antibiotics. Now right ear infected. Is there natural remedy to cure this or will i take another antibiotics?

No and depends: No natural remedy for strep throat or ear infections. Depending on the antibiotic you are presently taking for the strep throat, may often treat the ear infection also. Ask your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. James Ferguson
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How can you treat strep throat without antibiotics?

How can you treat strep throat without antibiotics?

Playing the odds: You can always play the odds and see what happens.Like the folk in the early 1900s.They also had strep and it passes.However, about 1/200 developed 1of 3 patterns of complications.The brain thing, st vitas dance put some in mental hospitals.The kidney thing led to sudden kidney failure that some did not survive.The heart thing ate up valves and left many weak for the remainder of a short life. ...Read more

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What are the chances that strep throat can spread throughout my body without antibiotics?

What are the chances that strep throat can spread throughout my body without antibiotics?

Up to 50%: The rate of development of rheumatic fever in individuals with untreated strep infection is estimated to be 3%. The incidence of recurrence with a subsequent untreated infection is substantially greater (about 50%).[16] the rate of development is far lower in individuals who have received antibiotic treatment. Persons who have suffered a case of rheumatic fever have a tendency to develop flare-ups. ...Read more

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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


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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