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What should I do if my teen has strep throat?

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If you think your teen may have strep, call your doctor. Strep throat needs to be treated with antibiotics. Otherwise, it can lead to serious problems. Gargling with salt water or sucking on throat lozenges will help ease the pain. Acetaminophen or ibuprofen will reduce a fever.

SOURCES:

Medscape: "Infectious Mononucleosis;" Preventing and Treating Cold Sores;" "Pediatrics, Pharyngitis;" and "Tinea Pedis."

CDC: "Epstein-Barr virus and Mononucleosis."

Ebell, M. , October 2004. American Family Physician

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Herpes Virus: Cold Sores" and "Strep Throat."

American Academy of Dermatology: "Herpes Simplex" and "Men's Skin Care."

Kaiser Permanente: "Athlete's Foot and Toenail Fungus."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on February 20, 2018

SOURCES:

Medscape: "Infectious Mononucleosis;" Preventing and Treating Cold Sores;" "Pediatrics, Pharyngitis;" and "Tinea Pedis."

CDC: "Epstein-Barr virus and Mononucleosis."

Ebell, M. , October 2004. American Family Physician

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Herpes Virus: Cold Sores" and "Strep Throat."

American Academy of Dermatology: "Herpes Simplex" and "Men's Skin Care."

Kaiser Permanente: "Athlete's Foot and Toenail Fungus."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on February 20, 2018

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