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How Long Does Strep Throat Last?

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  • A strep throat infection can heal within three to seven days, but some people may experience longer infections due to some factors
  • It’s crucial to have yourself treated for strep throat immediately because the infection can progress into severe and life-threatening complications if left untreated
  • Otitis media, pneumonia, meningitis and scarlet fever are some of the known complications of untreated strep throat

It would take around three to seven days for a strep throat infection to heal, whether you undergo antibiotic treatment or not. However, factors like allergens or irritants can prolong the duration of the infection within your body.1

Trying natural pain relief techniques such as drinking high-quality pure water, gargling with a Himalayan salt and water mixture, and eating soothing soft foods like broths and soups made from wholesome ingredients can ease the symptoms of this infection.2 Immediate treatment of strep throat is very crucial not just for quick recovery, but also because an untreated case of strep throat can lead to complications, such as:3,4,5

  • Otitis media — An infection that spreads to the middle ear6,7
  • Mastoiditis — Another kind of ear infection, this affects mastoid air cells in your inner and middle ear8,9,10
  • Pneumonia — An infection that targets one or both lungs11,12,13
  • Meningitis — Infection of the membranes around the brain and spinal cord14,15,16
  • Abscess formation — A pus-filled infection that develops in the throat beside your tonsils (peritonsillar abscess)17 or the back of the throat (retropharyngeal abscess)18,19
  • Sinusitis — Inflammation of the lining of the sinuses20,21
  • Acute rheumatic fever — An inflammatory disease wherein antibodies mistakenly attack your joints, heart and skin
  • Poststreptococcal glomerulonephritis — Inflammation of the kidneys that mainly affects kids aged 6 to 10 years old22
  • Scarlet fever or scarlatina — Appearance of a red rash on the neck, underarms or groin that soon spreads all over the body23
  • Guttate psoriasis — A skin condition that causes development of small, red, scaly and teardrop-shaped spots on the body24
  • Streptococcal toxic shock syndrome — A rare and potentially life-threatening disease that triggers high fevers, rashes and low blood pressure levels25
  • Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated With Streptococcal Infections (PANDAS) — Usually developing after a strep infection, PANDAS affects children between 3 and 12 years old, and is characterized by the sudden appearance of obsessive compulsive (OCD) or tic disorders26

Blood infections can also arise if a case of strep throat is left untreated.27 You may also develop bad breath28 because of the growth of tonsilloliths or tonsil stones, which are calcified or hardened debris that become trapped in the tonsils.29

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