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What home treatments can help relieve symptoms of strep throat?

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Until the antibiotics start to work, these home treatments can help you or your child feel better:

  • Over-the-counter pain relievers: Take acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) to bring down a fever and ease the sore throat. Don't give aspirin to children and teens. It can cause a rare but serious condition called Reye’s syndrome.
  • Rest: Stay home from school or work. You need extra rest to help your body fight off the infection.
  • Gargling: Rinse with a mixture of a quarter-teaspoon of salt and 8 ounces of warm water to relieve a scratchy throat.
  • Lozenges and hard candy: Kids age 4 and older can suck on these to feel better.
  • Drink lots of fluids: Water and warm liquids such as soup or tea soothe the throat and keep you hydrated. If cold feels better on your throat, suck on a frozen pop or ice chips. Avoid orange juice, lemonade, and other drinks that are high in acid. These can burn your throat.

From: What Are the Treatments for Strep Throat? WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Louise Chang on September 9, 2018

Medically Reviewed on 9/9/2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: "IDSA Updates Guideline for Managing Group A Streptococcal Pharyngitis," "Strep Throat."

American Association for Clinical Chemistry: "Strep Throat Test."

CDC: "Is It Strep Throat?" "Sore Throat."

Cleveland Clinic: "Group A Streptococcal Infections."

National Health Service: "Antibiotics -- Side effects."

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Is It Strep Throat?"

Nemours Foundation: "Strep Throat."

PubMed Health: "Strep Throat," "Strep Throat: Treatments."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on September 9, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: "IDSA Updates Guideline for Managing Group A Streptococcal Pharyngitis," "Strep Throat."

American Association for Clinical Chemistry: "Strep Throat Test."

CDC: "Is It Strep Throat?" "Sore Throat."

Cleveland Clinic: "Group A Streptococcal Infections."

National Health Service: "Antibiotics -- Side effects."

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Is It Strep Throat?"

Nemours Foundation: "Strep Throat."

PubMed Health: "Strep Throat," "Strep Throat: Treatments."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on September 9, 2018

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