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Strep Throat: Treatment, Procedure, Cost and Side Effects

What is the treatment? How is the treatment done? Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?) Who is not eligible for the treatment? Are there any side effects? What are the post-treatment guidelines? How long does it take to recover? What is the price of the treatment in India? Are the results of the treatment permanent? What are the alternatives to the treatment?

What is the treatment?

Strep throat is also termed as streptococcal pharyngitis.

How is the treatment done?

Strep throat is caused by a bacteria of group A known as Streptococcus bacteria. This bacterial infection in the throat inflames the throat and causes severe pain. The infected throat is likely to feel very scratchy followed by a sore feeling. This infection is most common in children, though it affects adults too. In cases, where symptoms are neglected, the affected person may face severe complication like an ear infection, inflammation of the kidney, scarlet fever, mastoiditis, sinusitis and several another crucial disease. At the same time, the sneezing and coughing of the infected person can spread the infection as it is highly communicable in nature.

Some of the very usual symptoms of strep throat include sudden high fever (101’ or more), sore throat with red and white patches, drastic fall of appetite, headache and body pain, rash, swollen tonsils, tender lymph nodes swollen around the neck and often nauseous and vomiting tendency in children. However, strep throat is often misjudged as the symptoms are slowly similar to viral infection or other illness. In this case, the doctor performs an in-depth study followed by medical tests in order to make sure the presence of infection that causes strep throat.

Thus, if you or your child is suffering from symptoms of common cold, acid reflux, postnasal drip or a sinus infection you should likely consult a doctor and get a proper diagnosis.

Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)

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Who is not eligible for the treatment?

A child or an adult suffering from symptoms like high fever, sore throat and swollen lymph nodes should likely to consult a doctor for a proper diagnosis. All sore throat does not turn out to be a strep throat infection.

Nevertheless, If you are diagnosed to have strep throat infection, you should opt for treatment right away.

Are there any side effects?

If you are not suffering from symptoms that indicate the presence of strep throat bacterial infection, you do not need the treatment.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

The medicines prescribed for treating strep throat are oral antibiotics. However, these medicines have several side effects like vomiting, nausea, an acute loss of appetite and often diarrhoea too. These side effects are generally mild. On the other hand, if you experience any adverse side effect like breathing trouble, wheezing, dizziness or rashes, stop taking the medicines immediately. Consult the doctor regarding the matter.

How long does it take to recover?

The most important requirement for a patient suffering from strep throat is rest. The patient should also adhere to some regulations like drinking warm and cold liquid, gargling from time to time, pain relievers if necessary and also using throat lozenge.

A plenty of water is necessary during this period. Further preference to soothing foods like soups, cooked cereal, and yoghurt would help in recovery.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

Immediate diagnosis and treatment within 48 hours of the onset of the symptoms would help in fast recovery. Generally, it takes around 10 -12 days to get back to normal condition.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

Treatment cost is entirely subject to the condition of the patient and varies greatly with respect to doctor consultation fees and medical expenses.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

Considering the fact that the patient did receive proper treatment and care at the right time, results of treatment do show complete recovery.

Popular Questions & Answers

Suffering from Dryness in Throat area. I smoked too much from 1998 to 2012 regularly now I smoke occasionally. I am BP patient Using Olmijest Am.

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ENT Specialist, Pune
Avoid smoking take steam inhalation n if sore throat n throat irritation is there then take tab pan 40 mg 1 tab once daily for 1 month empty stomach n syears mucaine gel 1 tsf twice daily hlf n hr before food for 15 days.
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HI Doctor, I have been experiencing and uncomfortable in my throat. Am scared a lot, I regularly smoke. My throat becomes dry and I feel there is something inside it. Can you please help me?

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Psychiatrist, Chennai
It can be a sign of impending lesion in throat (may be an early warning sign of cancer), so stop smoking consult an ENT and get a biopsy done, of there is any tissue change. All the best.
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Hello doctor my age is 19 I am suffering from thorat dryness and my tongue is white due to it as I swallow something there is something toward ryt side irrate me. I am scared it is oral cancer?

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ENT Specialist, Nagpur
Hi throat cancer without any risk factors like smoking, tobacco chewing ,reverse smoking is less likely. So if you want to be sure what exactly is wrong consult an ent surgeon and seek proper advise.
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I have throat infection. Whenever I used somebody's bottle water. So what should I do now?

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See if you feel that after drinking somebody's bottle water you have throat infection then avoid it. And try to drink boiled water.

I am suffering from some type of allergy in my throat. I have taken check ups but was not satisfied. The symptoms being extreme itch inside the throat time to time. please help.

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General Physician, Patiala
Good evening sorry to hear about your condition do warm gargles three times a day drink warm fluids you need to take antihistamine to reduce your allergy stay away from dust for further help you can consult me online thanks a lot hope to see you r...

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