Strep Throat (cont.)
Strep Throat Self-Care and Home Remedies
In general, treatment at home consists of measures to control the pain and
associated symptoms of strep throat. The vast majority of cases of strep throat
can be managed at home, unless rare serious complications develop. Various
home remedies and over-the-counter medications are useful in relieving the
symptoms of strep throat.
- Drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration. Because fever can increase
fluid loss and painful swallowing can decrease fluid intake, measures must be
taken to avoid dehydration. Choose high-quality fluids such as warm soup broth
(which replaces both salt and water loss) and sugar-containing solutions (they
help the body absorb the fluids more rapidly). Avoid caffeine because it can
cause water loss. Sometimes cold beverages, Popsicles, and ice cream can be
- Throat lozenges can sometimes provide temporary relief for a minor sore
throat. Various formulations exist, though they are not recommended for
young children, due to the possibility of the child aspirating the small
lozenge. Gargling with salt water is also sometimes helpful; people may try
mixing table salt (about 1 to 2 teaspoons) with warm water (about 8 oz) and
- Over-the-counter (OTC) pain medications.
OTC pain medications such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) and
ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil) can be effective for reducing fever and providing
pain control. Adequate pain control can also help with increasing fluid intake.
- Get extra sleep. Adequate rest and
sleep can promote a more rapid recovery.
- Herbal teas. Herbal teas containing ingredients such as licorice may also provide
significant pain relief.
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