Strep throat can be treated, but beware, because the conventional method commonly used for this ailment, namely antibiotics, can do you more harm than good.1
While antibiotics are rampantly used in modern medicine, much of their effects are left to be desired. In fact, antibiotic overuse is contributing to rising cases of infections, such as Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection (normally pronounced "mersa").
According to the Mayo Clinic, a MRSA infection occurs because of a type of staph bacteria that’s become resistant to antibiotic treatments for staph infections.2 In 2014, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that around 75,000 people in the U.S. had a MRSA infection.3
Avoid Using Over-the-Counter Painkillers and NSAIDs
Aside from antibiotics, over-the-counter painkillers such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen are also used to relieve strep throat. However, painkillers carry more health risks than you could imagine, despite its widespread use.
Excessive acetaminophen consumption is associated with liver damage (even after a few days), drug addiction, increased hospital visits, and even death from overdose.
The numbers paint a grim reality — at least 150 deaths are recorded in the U.S. because of acetaminophen overdose. Meanwhile, a study published in the journal
Hepatology as early as 2004 has linked acetaminophen overdose to at least 100,000 calls to Poison Control Centers, 56,000 emergency room visits, and 2,600 hospitalizations.4
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen are also used to treat strep throat, but these are problematic. In the U.S., it’s said that 60 million people use NSAIDs; however, 100,000 people are hospitalized annually for taking them and 15,000 people die because of these drugs.
NSAIDs have been linked to harmful consequences for pregnant women such as heart problems in the offspring, low amniotic fluid, and prolonged labor.
These drugs may also suppress prostaglandin production, which is necessary for pregnant women so that the embryo can be successfully implanted in the womb.
These Remedies Are Inexpensive, Safe and Cost-Effective
Other NSAIDs side effects include cardiovascular problems, hearing loss, heart failure, gastrointestinal (GI) complications, and allergic reactions. Instead of relying on these pharmaceutical options to relieve strep throat, try these simple strategies instead:
- Drink warm liquids such as lemon water and tea
- Drink cold liquids to numb the throat
- Turn on a cool-mist humidifier
- Use wild cherry bark lozenges (just don’t go for sugar-based lozenges)
- Add 1/2 teaspoon of Himalayan salt to 1 cup of water, and gargle the mixture
You can also relieve pain from strep throat or even prevent future pain by practicing Grounding or walking barefoot on the earth, which can work against inflammation. The Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) is also helpful in treating strep throat pain. Based on the principles of acupuncture, the combination of tapping parts of your face and body with your fingers and reciting positive affirmations calms you down and releases you from pain.
Natural pain relievers are also reliable. Not only are they inexpensive and available near you, but they also have little to no harmful side effects. You can try:
- Ginger: This herb treats pain, settles the stomach, and boasts of anti-inflammatory properties. You can add fresh ginger and steep it in boiling water, or grate and add to vegetable juice.
- Boswellia: Also called boswellin or “Indian frankincense,” this herb has anti-inflammatory ingredients.
- Bromelain: This enzyme, which has anti-inflammatory properties, is found in pineapples. It’s available in supplement form, but you can eat fresh pineapple, including some of the stem since this is where the enzyme is abundant.