Sore Throat (cont.)
Sore Throat Medical Treatment
Care of a sore throat involves treatment of pain, dehydration, or difficulty breathing (airway problems are common with croup or epiglottitis).
- Antibiotics are not helpful when a virus is the cause of a sore throat.
- Sometimes it is difficult to determine whether the cause is viral or bacterial, so antibiotics may be prescribed as a precaution.
- Antibiotics speed the
resolution of a strep throat by an average of only 1.5 days.
- Antibiotics are helpful in preventing
rheumatic fever (an uncommon but severe
complication of a streptococcal infection, which may cause severe inflammation of the
heart muscle and
- Corticosteroids can be helpful in the treatment of a few select types of sore throats. Although they impair
immune function, the anti-inflammatory effect can be very useful. They are mostly used in cases of severe tonsillitis,
eppiglottitis, or in cases of croup.
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