All ages have strep throat. Strep throat is caused by a pharyngeal infection with Group-A hemolytic streptococcus bacteria. The disease manifests primarily as throat inflammation, pain and discomfort, and difficulty swallowing.
You may also experience symptoms like a high fever, nausea and headaches, as well as body weakness, decreased muscle tone, fatigue, poor appetite, and body weakness. Sometimes, strep-thymia can be associated with tonsillitis (inflammation or infection of the tonsils), sinusitis [infection of the nasal or temporal sinuses] and otitis (ear infection).
The bacteria that causes strep throat is highly contagious and can easily be spread through saliva and nasal secretions. The infection can be spread by coughing, sneezing, and physical contact with the infected person. Streptococcus bacteria is common during flu season. They are often contracted by people whose immune systems are compromised by previous or current viral infections.
Although strep throat is not usually severe, specific antibiotics are recommended (penicillins, amoxicillins, erythromycins, cephalosporines, erythromycin and penicillin). The right antibiotics, when administered in the correct dose, can speed up recovery and prevent complications. In rare cases (immune system dysfunction), severe complications like acute rheumatic fever, coronary disease, and kidney disease can occur.
Although stronger antibiotics (cephalosporines), may not be able to eradicate the streptococcus bacteria from throat infections, they can help prevent complications. While antibiotics can cause side effects (temporary digestive problems, decreased immune response to recurrent infection) and may not completely eliminate streptococcus bacteria infections, they are far more effective than home remedies and alternative therapies that can provide only temporary relief.
Not all cases of streph need to be treated by a doctor. Because throat infections with streptococcus bacteria can lead to severe complications, it is important to see a doctor immediately if you are experiencing pain or inflammation in your throat. A doctor will conduct a generalized clinical exam, and if necessary, a laboratory analysis of throat mucus samples. The doctor will then decide whether antibiotics are necessary.
The doctor is the only person who can advise you on when and how much antibiotics to use. Avoid self-medication with antibiotics, or substituting doctor-recommended treatment with other treatments and therapies. Home remedies for streph should not be considered as replacements for prescribed medications. While many home remedies and other therapies can be very effective in relieving symptoms of streph, they have limited curative properties and cannot completely eliminate streptocococcus bacteria infection.
To speed up recovery, the following remedies should not be used in conjunction with doctor-recommended treatment. Gargling with warm salt water, preferably warm, 2-3 times per day to relieve throat inflammation and pain. You can also use mist humidifiers to increase humidity (humidity helps to decongest a blocked throat or nose). To reduce pain and inflammation in the throat and neck, apply warm compresses to the neck and forehead. To prevent dehydration, fever patients should be given soups, teas, and non-irritant natural drinks. These remedies, along with those prescribed by a doctor, will provide symptomatic relief as well as speed up the recovery process.