How to Treat and Beat Strep Throat Fast

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  1. First, you must know the signs and symptoms of strep. Strep often is characterized by fever, sore throat, scratchy throat, redness and swelling in the throat, possibly white streaks or spots or red spots. If you suspect you have strep throat you should been seen by a doctor as soon as possible for a diagnosis.
  2. Be sure to tell your doctor how long you have been experiencing symptoms like how long you have had the sore throat and fever, as well as the highest temperature you have had. Your doctor will look closely at your throat, but will most likely need to do a throat culture to determine if you do in fact have strep throat.
  3. Once strep throat is confirmed antibiotics are prescribed, and the patient should begin to feel better within a day or two. The antibiotics should lessen the duration, severity, likelihood of further infection, as well as the chance of spreading the illness to others. If you are still feeling badly after taking the antibiotic for 48 hours call your doctor back. Most children can return to school or daycare if feeling better and fever free after taking antibiotics for 24 hours.
  4. Talk with your doctor about treating pain and fever in addition to the antibiotics. He may recommend ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or acetaminophen (Tylenol), but you should NEVER give aspirin to children or teens for risk of developing Reyes Syndrome.
  5. To help your body fight off the infection, make sure to drink plenty of fluids. If the pain from the sore throat makes this difficult try jello or Popsicles as an extra source of fluids. Warm tea or soup may also help soothe the sore throat as will gargling with some warm salt water. Lollipops or throat drops (for older children) may help ease the pain as well.

Here are a few more Tips and Warnings to keep in mind:

  • Be sure to tell your doctor of any exposure to family, friends or classmates with Strep Throat. Although it most commonly effects people ages 5-15yrs old, it can infect any age group.
  • Also tell your doctor about any other medications/vitamins you are taking
  • If you become worse or develop new symptoms like a rash at any time, call your doctor back
  • If you still are not improving after 48 hours on an antibiotic, call your doctor again
  • Strep is very contagious, and the infected person cal easily spread the illness through coughing and sneezing or by contaminating surfaces. Wash hands often and stay home from work and school until you are fever free for 24hours and on antibiotics for at least 24 hours.
  • Take multivitamins or Vitamin C to give your immune system a boost
  • This article is NOT a substitute for medical diagnosis from a doctor
  • Call your doctor right away at any point if you become concerned about your symptoms
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