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Treatment of strep throat begins with preventing the spread of the streptococcus bacteria that can cause it. Prevention measures include avoiding contact with people who have strep throat. Preventive measures also include covering your mouth and nose with your elbow or a tissue when you sneeze or cough and washing hands frequently with soap and water for at least 15 seconds. It is also important to avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, with unwashed hands which can transmit the streptococcus bacteria from your hands into your body.
It is also a good idea not to share glasses, silverware, or personal items, such as mouth guards and toothbrushes and to regularly disinfect surfaces that commonly harbor bacteria, such as telephones and computer keyboards, especially if they are shared.
Once a person has strep throat, general treatment includes measures to help keep up strength and hydration and to relieve symptoms so that one is comfortable enough to get the rest needed to recover.
Treatment also includes antibiotic medication. The most effective antibiotic medication for treating strep throat is often penicillin. Treatment also includes using over-the-counter medications, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen as directed to ease symptoms, such as fever, headache and sore throat. Aspirin should never be given to children or adolescents who have a fever because of the risk of developing a life-threatening disorder called Reye's syndrome. Good care also includes drinking plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration and gargling with warm salted water to ease sore throat.
The following treatments are listed for Strep throat in our knowledge base:
Alternative treatments, home remedies, other other complementary therapies that have been listed as possibly helpful for Strep throat in various sources may include:
Some of the drugs and medications used in the treatment of Strep throat may include:
Review the treatment information pages for various causes of Strep throat:
More causes: not all possible causes for Strep throat are listed above; for a full list refer to causes of Strep throat.
Only your doctor can advise whether any of these treatments are appropriate for your specific medical situation. Always discuss all treatment options with your doctor before making a decision, including whether to start or discontinue any treatment plan.
The following list of conditions have 'Strep throat' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.
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