Your throat hurts so much and you don’t know what to do to make the pain go away faster. How do you treat strep throat is the main questions that you think about day and night. First of all you need to know that there are two types of treatment: one is based on taking antibiotics, the other is based on taking care of yourself at home. While the second one is optional the first one is not.
Treatment based on antibiotics
How do you treat strep throat with antibiotics? The strep throat is caused by a bacteria that causes infection and pain at the level of your throat. When you might suspect that you have a strep throat and not just a sore throat you must go to the medic. After examining your throat and taking a throat culture or making you take a rapid antigen test you will know whether you have a strep throat or not. The doctor will prescribe you a recipe that will consist in taking different antibiotics and some pain relievers. The antibiotics that he may prescribe for you are: Penicillin, Amoxicillin, Clindamycin, Azithromycin or Clarithromycin. Taking antibiotics will allow you to feel better in just a day or two. They will reduce the duration and severity of the symptoms that you feel and the most important is that they will reduce the risk to spread the infection to other people such as family members of classmates. These pain relievers such as Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen, that the doctor may prescribe for you will help you reduce fever and relieve the pain in your throat. It’s highly important to ask for a doctor opinion and not to take random antibiotics by yourself. There is a big chance that they will do you harm. Don’t give aspirin to teenagers nor to young children because of the risk of a potentially life-threatening illness – the Reye’s syndrome.
Home remedies and lifestyle
Immediately as you feel sick and especially after the doctor prescribed a recipe for you, you must take proper care of yourself in order to get better quicker. How do you treat strep throat staying home? You must get plenty of rest, you must drink plenty of water and you must gargle with warming salt water. Because of your throat pain you may feel the need to eat soothing foods that are easy to swallow. You must avoid irritants such as cigarette smoke or fumes from paint or cleaning products. The better you take care of yourself, the faster you will recover.