Antibiotics for Strep Throat

Antibiotics for strep throat include penicillin.

ntibiotics for strep throat work to reduce the damage caused to the body by this infection. They lower the risk that the infection will spread to other parts of the body, and that you will infect others.

Strep throat is a common condition. It is an infection in the throat and is caused by bacteria which are known as Group A Streptococcus bacteria. Strep throat commonly affects children and teenagers.

Although the terms are sometimes used interchangeably, strep throat is just one kind of sore throat. A sore throat maybe caused by viruses, bacteria and other factors. Strep throat is due to the specific bacteria mentioned above. Strep throat may cause swollen lymph nodes, white patches on the throat and a rash.


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What Antibiotics Treat Strep Throat?

The antibiotics that are used to treat strep throat include penicillin, amoxicillin, cefuroxime and azithromycin. Amoxicillin goes under the brand name Amoxil. Cefuroxime is often found in pharmacies, packaged under the brand name Keflex.

These antibiotics are usually prescribed for 10 days.

The best antibiotic for strep throat is penicillin. Some persons have an allergic reaction to penicillin and cannot take it. For these persons, the best antibiotic for strep throat is amoxicillin.

Strep Throat Treatment Without Antibiotics

Strep throat treatment without antibiotics is an option chosen by some health care providers because of the concern over bacteria becoming resistant to antibiotics.  Doctors try to avoid overusing antibiotics, because this causes the antibiotics to become less effective.

Warm chicken soup and tea can be used to treat strep throat without antibiotics. Drinking lots of warm chicken soup, or warm tea, helps the body fight infections. Taking acetaminophen will reduce pain and fever.

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  1. I had strep throat at Christmas just gone, very nasty. Penicillin did the trick for me. Nice post.

  2. Good that you are feeling better.

  3. Nice post..
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  4. very informative.

  5. I use to get strep throat until I was like in my 30s. I had to get shots. Then it stopped.

  6. Cheers here Sharifa good share

  7. Thanks OhSugar.

  8. Razor, make comments that are related to the article.

  9. Guy, I’m glad it’s stopped.

  10. Thanks Matt.

  11. Very informative. I learned a lot from it. Great article!!! I do not think I ever had it or at least not for 21 years since I have been out of high school. I do not even think I got it in school because once I got the flu and couldn not move when I came back all the teachers said they thought I was dead! Seriously! I SELDOMmissed school.

  12. I fight mine with warm saline and any food with a little salt like french fries.

  13. Hi Pattiann,
    You have a good record.

  14. @ JK
    Salt is good. Fries? Hmm

  15. I have had this and it is very painful

  16. I prefer the non-antibiotic treatment. Very useful info, thanks.

  17. Good guide to cope with strep throat. Glad that there is non-antibiotic treatment for adoption.

  18. I try to avoid antibiotics to the maximum possible extent. Gr8 article.

  19. good one well researched

  20. I like to use echinacea whole herbs, it really works

  21. Very useful to know. It will soothe the throat too.

  22. Excellent info, as usual, my friend. Thank you so much. I hope everything is fine with you Sharifa. Best wishes always.

  23. If it is actually a bacterial infection, then antibiotics should be used. To not do so can result in problems later.
    Salt water does not help a bacterial infection; it may make a viral infection feel better, but test have shown that gargeling actually can worsen a sore throat.
    If one starts on antibiotics, the full course of therapy must be finished. this helps prevent the reistance problem.

  24. very good advice. I am always my own doctor, when not feeling good, I hardly see doctor, also hardly take panadol or antibiotic unless it is a prolonged cough which take away my sleep, then will let doctor decide whether antibiotic is necessary but if can avoid is the best.

  25. Nice tips.

  26. Nice tips :)

  27. Thanks Anj.
    Prevention is better than cure Star.

  28. Hi Clay, bacterial infections sometimes follow viral infections, so gargling with salt should still help.

    Best wishes Francois.

  29. Hi LadyElena
    ResearchAnalyst, I didn’t know about echinacea.

  30. Thanks for this advice. I haven’t been ill for over a year, but who know when I might need this …

  31. I use saline on those rare occasions when I have a sore throat.
    I agree that using penicillin too often is not a good thing as penicillin also kills helpful bacteria in the digestive tract.

  32. I try using Amoxil and it do the job. Good share, friend.

  33. I know that Strepsil is great cure for sore throats.

  34. Your article was very informative. I have never had strep throat, but now I know what to do if it ever happens. That is great that you provided the medications to take for it as well as what you can do to get rid of it without medication. I am always looking for cures that do not require you to take medicine.

  35. I am glad you found it helpful CA.

  36. The later part of the article deals with curing strep throat without antibiotics. This is very attractive and useful as there are no side effects.

  37. I get dry coughs and sore throat. Thanks for the tips.

  38. Strep throat left untreated can turn into Scalet Fever and/or can be fatal.

  39. Thanks for highlighting that Klg.

  40. Informative!

  41. Nice article

  42. Thanks.

  43. Thanks Gaby.

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