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What is the treatment for strep throat?

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Strep throat is best treated by conventional medicine since the disease can lead to serious complications if left untreated. Antibiotics are a quick, effective treatment.

The traditional, time-honored treatment for strep is penicillin, though many doctors have reported increasing treatment failures from this. Other commonly used antibiotics for strep include cephalosporins like cephalexin, or erythromycin-based medicines.

Antibiotics reduce the duration and severity of symptoms, the risk of complications, and the length of time you can potentially spread the infection to others. The contagious period is over after being on antibiotics for 24 hours. Relief from the sore throat should come within 24 hours to 36 hours after you start taking antibiotics. Doctors recommend throat lozenges and gargling with warm salt water to ease the pain for the first few hours. If bad enough, liquid narcotic medicine may be prescribed.

Frequently, people on antibiotics notice improvement quickly and stop taking their medications before the full course of treatment is completed. This can have dangerous consequences. Prematurely halting your dosage may lead to developing post-infection heart problems (rheumatic fever). So even though you may feel better right away, it's important to finish the entire prescription.

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