Home Remedies For Strep Throat Patients Allergic To Penicillin: I have strep throat and am allergic to penicillin. What can I take?

Many people are keen on knowing what causes strep throat as this is a very contagious medical condition that is commonly found in children who are in the age group of 5 to 14 years. One of the primary causes of the strep throat rash as well as the other symptoms of the strep throat infection is the infection by the streptococcal bacteria which tends to deposit itself on the throat of the individual thereby resulting in the swelling of the glands in the throat. Some of the other symptoms of strep throat are pain in the abdomen, fever, nausea, pain while swallowing and so on. Some people may even develop a rash on certain isolated parts of their body on account of this infection.

Most people nowadays are keen on treating strep throat at home or treating strep throat naturally because of the long term side effects that the commercially available medications may result in. However treating strep throat without antibiotics is also possible on account of the numerous strep throat remedies that can be easily practiced at home. In fact before treating strep throat, one should also be aware that strep throat can be easily prevented with proper hygiene. One should simply ensure that they should cover their mouths while coughing or even sneezing and that the hands should be thoroughly washed so as to prevent the spread of the infection. It is also seen that treating strep throat during pregnancy should be done preferably with natural treatments and with prior consultation of the doctor. One of the home remedies for treating strep throat is to gargle ones throat with some warm saline water as this is known to provide significant relief from throat pain.

Treating strep throat at home is also possible by ensuring that one drinks plenty of water and other fluids as this will keep the throat moist and lubricated and will thereby make swallowing easier and will also prevent dehydration. Garlic is also known to be very effective in treating strep throat symptoms on account of its antibiotic properties. One should either eat garlic raw or even incorporate it in their daily meals. While treating strep throat naturally one should also take all the necessary steps to avoid irritants such as pollution, paint fumes, smoke and other such fumes that have a strong odor as they tend to irritate the lungs and the throat and thereby increase a chance of the person getting infected with a strep throat.

Those who are keen on treating strep throat without antibiotics may also consume ice cold beverages. While drinking the ice cold beverage one should ideally sue a straw and then allow the icy liquid to remain on the back of one's throat for some time before swallowing the liquid. This will provide significant relief from the pain on account of the inflammation. Additionally the key to treating strep throat at home is to ensure that one gets plenty of sleep and rest and this will enable the body to fight the infection successfully and quickly.

Usually home remedies tend to be very effective against a strep throat infection as the incubation period of the strep throat is not more than 3 - 5 days at the most. Another one of the effective home remedies for strep throat is consuming some sage which is known to be very effective in protecting the soft tissues of one's respiratory system and throat as well as minimize the inflammation caused. Sage may be consumed in the form of capsules or even in the tincture form as may be easily available at the time.

answered by G M

From a naturopathic perspective, the better question is "how can I help my body to deal with this infection." The answer is multi-factorial. First, there are some good herbal antimicrobials such as hydrastis (sometimes Berberis can be substituted), echinacea, myrrh, and phytolacca. This combination can be taken orally many times daily and also used as a gargle. It tastes very ugly, but is very effective.

To further support good immune function, ensure you are taking a good quality probiotic (to re-populate your gut with good bacteria to crowd out those unfriendly bacteria.), drinking plenty of pure/filtered water to help your body eliminate, and doing hydrotherapies around the throat, and castor oil packs on the abdomen. The latter are very helpful, and necessary, for immune support. You can find details on hydrotherapies on many websites, including my own.

answered by Dr K B N

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