May 24, 2016

Strep Throat

What is the treatment for strep throat?

Treatment of a strep throat infection includes the use of antibiotics and over-the-counter medications and home remedies for the reduction of symptoms.

What are home remedies for strep throat?

There are a number of home remedies that may be used for symptom reduction. They may be used whether the patient has strep throat or a viral cause of their illness. These remedies should not be used in lieu of a complete course of antibiotics if a GAS infection is being treated. Home therapies include:

  • Saltwater gargle: mix ¼ to ½ teaspoon with 8 ounces of warm water. Young children may swallow the solution instead of gargling it and should thus avoid this approach.
  • Hard candies or throat lozenges may be sucked on for effective reduction of symptoms.
  • Ice cream, smoothies, popsicles, cold drinks, and warm tea with honey may be useful to soothe the sore throat. Honey should be avoided in infants less that 1 year of age because of their increased likelihood of botulinum toxicity and paralysis. Continue Reading
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Reviewed on 4/20/2015