Having strep throat, or by its medical term Streptococcal, can be a trying and very painful thing to deal with. You wake up and your throat is feeling scratchy, you’re having trouble swallowing, your tonsils and mouth look yellow, your eyes are watering, there are mild body aches with a runny nose, and you have a fever over 100 degrees. Chances are you have just developed a case of having this painful infection.
What is it?
How did this sneak up and get a hold of you? Well, it is a common bacterial infection that gets passed around person to person through the air or from contact on things you touch. Simply sharing a phone, pencil, or touching a door handle are common ways that it is passed on. Strep throat is highly contagious and affects children between 5 and 15 more than it will in adults.
While people do not take this infection as a threat, it can have serious side effects if not treated quickly. This bacteria left untreated can lead to rheumatic fever and can cause damage to the heart valves and other kinds of complications.
Prevention from Spreading
Wash your hands often using anti-bacterial soap and warm water. It is good to wash them before preparing food. If you’re taking care of another person who is sick, it is a good idea to wash your hands after touching them.
If you see a doctor, they will prescribe an antibiotic. Some of the more common prescription drugs are amoxicillin, penicillin, azithromycin cephalexin, along with others.
Once you start taking a prescription drug it is very important to follow the directions and use it for the full recommended duration. All too often people start feeling better and decide to stop taking the medications which results in them getting worse again.
Natural Remedies for Strep Throat
Apple cider vinegar is a safe and efficient natural treatment and is known to be helpful with countless illnesses.
Taking high doses of Vitamin C will have amazing results on your overall health.
Gargling with a solution of salt mixed into warm water will help reduce the bacteria and provides relief from the sore throat. Use a teaspoon of salt for an 8 oz. glass of water.
Garlic is a good source that is high in antibiotics properties.
Sipping the broth from warm chicken soup is soothing and nutritious at the same time.
Eat soft foods like bananas, yogurt, soft cooked eggs, Jell-O, puddings, soups and broths.
Avoid spicy foods and acidic juices such as orange and grapefruit juices.
Stay away from popcorn, chips or anything that might irritate the throat further.
Herbs for Homeopathic Remedies
Herbs commonly used and recommended include Angelica, Gelsemium, Salvia, Chamomile, Mint oil, Sage, Sunflower oil and the sap from the marshmallow plant are a few of the natural herbs that have shown positive results.
Since these are naturally grown, many people choose to use herbs over manufactured drugs. These people have deemed them to be better and safe for their use. Their ideology is that anything that you can use or eat in its natural state will have more benefits than do the processed or manufactured ones.
If your choice is to see a doctor and get prescription medications, be sure to follow all of his recommended advice. When your choice is to use natural remedies, remember to get lots of rest and drink a lot of liquids to stay hydrated. Also, it is always a good rule of thumb to stay at home until you are feeling better.
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