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Why are antibiotics used for strep throat?

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This class of drugs is able to kill the group A Streptococcus bacteria that cause strep throat. They will work only on bacteria. They have no effect on sore throats caused by viruses.

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 Hansa D. Bhargava on August 12, 2020

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 Hansa D. Bhargava on August 12, 2020

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