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Will strep throat go away on its on, or do you have to take an antibiotic?

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Dr. Bryan Levey
Pediatrics
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In brief: You MUST...

...Take antibiotics for strep throat.
The symptoms will go away on their own. The reason we treat strep throat is to avoid complications like damage to your heart and kidneys. There is no alternative medical treatment (homeopathy, herbs, etc.). When i was in homeopathy class, one of my classmates asked the instructor how to homeopathically treat strep; he said "use penicillin.".

In brief: You MUST...

...Take antibiotics for strep throat.
The symptoms will go away on their own. The reason we treat strep throat is to avoid complications like damage to your heart and kidneys. There is no alternative medical treatment (homeopathy, herbs, etc.). When i was in homeopathy class, one of my classmates asked the instructor how to homeopathically treat strep; he said "use penicillin.".
Dr. Bryan Levey
Dr. Bryan Levey
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
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In brief: 1st Sx will

Strep throat goes through several phases.
The acute phase will eventually fade in most without rx. During the sub-acute phase, the body continues to make antibodies & a fraction of the cases develop long term complications including kidney, heart & brain injury.Antibiotics can stop the sub-acute & complications if started within ~10 days of first fever. Herbal or comfort rx makes no difference.

In brief: 1st Sx will

Strep throat goes through several phases.
The acute phase will eventually fade in most without rx. During the sub-acute phase, the body continues to make antibodies & a fraction of the cases develop long term complications including kidney, heart & brain injury.Antibiotics can stop the sub-acute & complications if started within ~10 days of first fever. Herbal or comfort rx makes no difference.
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics

In brief: Strep infections

Strep throat can go away without treatment, but the repercussions can be serious like rheumatic fever glomerulonephritis or chorea.

In brief: Strep infections

Strep throat can go away without treatment, but the repercussions can be serious like rheumatic fever glomerulonephritis or chorea.
Dr. Oscar Novick
Dr. Oscar Novick
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