How is strep throat treated?
Strep throat is treated with medication and measures aimed at relieving symptoms so that you are comfortable enough to get the rest you need to keep up your strength and recover without developing complications.
Treatment of strep throat includes:
Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin and Advil) for fever, sore throat, and body aches
Antibiotic medications. Generally, the most effective antibiotic medication for treating strep throat is penicillin. Antibiotics must be taken exactly as directed and finished completely to cure strep throat, even if your symptoms are gone.
Chicken soup, which can be easier on your throat to swallow than solid foods and provides easy-to-digest nutrients and extra fluids to help keep up your strength
Drinking extra fluids
Gargling with warm, salted water to ease sore throat
Getting extra rest and sleep
Over-the-counter sore throat drops
If you have a sore throat that has not been medically evaluated and diagnosed, you should not use aspirin or products that contain aspirin because of the risk of developing a rare but life-threatening condition called Reye syndrome. Reye syndrome has been linked to taking aspirin during a viral illness, such as viral pharyngitis, which can mimic a strep throat.
What are the possible complications of strep throat?
Most people recover from strep throat at home by taking prescribed antibiotics as directed and using measures to help relieve symptoms and keep the body as strong as possible to minimize the risk of developing complications. However, in rare cases, strep throat may lead to complications that can be serious, even life-threatening in some people. Complications of strep throat include:
What is strep throat?
Strep throat is an infection of the throat caused by group A Streptococcus bacteria, which cause swelling and irritation (inflammation) of the throat and tonsils.... Read more about strep throatintroduction
What are the symptoms of strep throat?
Symptoms of strep throat can vary among individuals but generally include a sore throat. Not all people with strep throat will have a sore throat, especially early in the infection.... Read more about strep throatsymptoms
What causes strep throat?
Strep throat is caused by an infection of the throat and tonsils by group A Streptococcus bacteria. Despite popular belief, strep throat, colds, and other types of upper respiratory infections are not caused by being wet or cold, although in some cases these conditions may lower the body’s resistance to bacterial and other types of infections. ... Read more about strep throatcauses