Strep Throat is an infection caused by bacteria Streptococcus pyogenes in which the person has a sore throat or scratchy throat with high fever, pain while swallowing, white or yellow spots in the throat, headaches etc. Previously, doctors used to do a culture test and wait for 24 or 48 hours and used to start the patients on antibiotics even before knowing the results, just for safety reasons. Now, with the advancement in technology, diagnosis is done quickly using the Rapid Strep Test which takes around 15 minutes and then the doctor starts the patients on medications immediately according to the test results.
Strep Throat Relief can be in the form of lozenges, gargling of the mouth using salted warm water, use of medications, taking vitamin supplements (under the doctor’s advice) or taking some citrus fruits that are rich in vitamin C for immunity, in extremely painful cases – use of liquid narcotics and good rest and healthy, nutritional diets for speedy recovery.
Strep throat can be contagious and generally spreads via air water particles from an infected person’s sneeze or cough; using the same vessel or object that has been previously handled by the infected person, and by and large, children are more susceptive to this infection due to a lack of a fully developed immune system in them.
While the relieve is possible to some extent in the first 24 hours, the use of meds can help in reducing the severity of the infection and also the duration as also the risk of spreading the infection to other people. The rate of relief is more in the next two days, but people tend to stop the medication at this stage due to relieved symptoms. This can be a real mistake and may lead to a rheumatic disease or a disease of the kidneys. Hence, it is always advisable to complete the full dosage as prescribed by the doctor for a complete recovery.
Schools, day care centers, public parks, meetings or gatherings, railway stations etc are examples of some places where the risk of getting affected by this infection is possible. While we cannot avoid these places as they are a part of our day-to-day lives, some preventive steps like educating the children on oral hygiene, washing hands with disinfectants, using tissues while sneezing or coughing and covering the mouth while doing so can to some extent help others from getting affected.
There are home remedies available for Strep Throat Relief like gargling with garlic oil, taking ethinacea which is a herbal medicine for both viral and bacterial infection, Horseradish, Kava Kava, Myrrh, Barberry Tincture etc and for more details, referring the Homemade Medicine E –book would be more helpful and informative.
Whatever the means of medicine adopted, nothing can equal taking proper diet and rest and regular gargling and taking the prescribed medicine along with some vitamin C supplements for a speedy recovery. In Indian home remedies, turmeric mixed with milk taken in the night can work wonders as a Sore Throat Relief and helps in reducing the flum congestion.