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Can strep throat be cured without antibiotics?

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Asked by Anonymous at 1:07 PM on Feb. 3, 2011 in Health

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  • no

    Answer by butterflyblue19 at 1:08 PM on Feb. 3, 2011

  • No its a viral infection and needs to antibiotics to fight it in the blood stream.

    Answer by pinkdragon36 at 1:09 PM on Feb. 3, 2011

  • I personally avoid antibiotics for most any reason. Strep throat is something to be very careful with because it truly can cause other complications (with the heart even) when not taken care of. If you discover it early and it isn't too bad, you could attempt some natural methods of ridding it, but if it is relatively severe (and has gotten to the vomiting and pus stage) then I would just go ahead with the gentlest antibiotic possible, combined with high doses of probiotic.

    Answer by misses_nick at 1:10 PM on Feb. 3, 2011

  • Strep is not viral, by the way. Antibiotics are useless on viral infections.

    Answer by misses_nick at 1:11 PM on Feb. 3, 2011

  • Do not try to use antibiotics you have at home. Different antibiotics work for different things. My mother was on vacation and got a bladder infection, and decided to try and cure it with some antibiotics she'd been given for a sinus infection, and it didn't work. Her infection got worse.

    See the doctor. Ask for the mildest prescription he can give you for it.

    Answer by ohwrite at 1:12 PM on Feb. 3, 2011

  • No, it's a bacteria, and will only grow and get worse if not treated, and can actually lead to some very serious illnesses. It's not a virus, that person above is mistaken, I think they probably meant bacteria.

    Answer by AshleyBDG at 9:28 AM on Feb. 5, 2011

  • are you positive its strep? You need to have a swab done to confirm strep. If your doctor says its not strep but is a viral you can use warm water and salt to gargle this will kill the pain for a little while, while the virus passes.

    Answer by Mommabearofone at 10:03 AM on Feb. 7, 2011

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