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Treatment and Remedies for Strep Throat

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  • Antibiotics and NSAIDs may be recommended by doctors to address strep throat, but there are numerous studies suggesting that they can trigger side effects and worsen your condition
  • There are simple strategies that you can consider to alleviate symptoms of strep throat
  • You can also count on natural anti-inflammatories to help you heal from the disease

Strep throat can be treated, but the conventional method commonly used for this disease, namely antibiotics, can do you more harm than good.1 You can argue that antibiotics are needed to address diseases because they were “proven” to be effective enough to be used in hospital and health care settings, but much of the complications linked to them are left to be desired.

In fact, overuse of antibiotics is contributing to an increased risk of diseases among infants,2 and heart damage3 and bowel cancer in adults,4 to name a few of their many side effects. Numbers from a 2013 report conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that around 2 million people are diagnosed with an antibiotic-resistant infection annually, and 23,000 people pass away because of it.5

Don’t Rely on Antibiotics and Painkillers to Address Strep Throat

Over-the-counter painkillers such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen are also recommended for people with strep throat.6 However, painkillers carry more health risks than you could imagine, despite their widespread use.

For example, a study published in the journal Hepatology in 2004 linked acetaminophen overdose to at least 100,000 calls to Poison Control Centers, and upward of 56,000 emergency room visits, 2,600 hospitalizations and 458 liver failure-caused deaths annually.7 Excessive acetaminophen intake is linked to liver damage too.8

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen are also used to treat strep throat,9 but they’re problematic. In the U.S., while roughly 30 million people use NSAIDs daily,10 research conducted as early as 1998 showed that some 107,000 people were hospitalized annually for taking them and 16,500 people died because of these drugs.11

NSAIDs have been linked to harmful consequences for pregnant women such as heart problems in their offspring,12 prolonged labor13 and increased miscarriage risk.14 These drugs may also suppress prostaglandin production,15 which is needed to ensure safe labor and delivery in pregnant women.16

Other side effects linked to NSAIDs include increased blood pressure levels and risk for congestive heart failure,17 gastrointestinal (GI) issues like dyspepsia or gastric or duodenal ulceration,18 and allergic reactions.19

There Are Natural Treatment Options to Consider if You Have Strep Throat

Instead of relying on pharmaceutical options to relieve strep throat, try these simple strategies:20

  • Increase your intake of high-quality filtered water
  • Turn on a cool-mist humidifier
  • Combine one-fourth teaspoon of Himalayan salt to 8 ounces of warm, high-quality water, and gargle the mixture

You can also relieve pain from strep throat by practicing grounding or walking barefoot on the earth, which can work against inflammation. The Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) may help in addressing strep throat pain too. EFT is based on the principles of acupuncture, and by tapping parts of your face and body with your fingers and reciting positive affirmations, you can calm yourself and reduce the pain.

Natural pain relievers are also reliable. Consider the following options, all of which were proven to possess anti-inflammatory abilities:21,22,23

  • Boswellia — This multipurpose herb also goes by the name Indian frankincense.
  • Ginger You can add fresh ginger and steep it in boiling water, or combine it with other health-boosting ingredients to create this valuable tonic. Ginger may aid with relieving pain24,25 and soothing digestive problems.26
  • Bromelain — This enzyme found in pineapples27 is available in supplement form,28 but I highly recommend that you eat fresh pineapple. The fruit is abundant in this health-boosting substance, particularly its stem.29,30

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