Can strep resolve without antibiotics?

Tre Grady asked a question: Can strep resolve without antibiotics?
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Date created: Mon, May 31, 2021 2:21 AM
Date updated: Mon, Mar 6, 2023 6:31 AM


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Will strep resolve without antibiotics

  • Strep throat will only last 3 to 7 days with or without treatment. Doctors usually treat strep throat with antibiotics even though they will not make you well any faster. Strep throat contagiousness will continue for 24 hours once antibiotics are started. With no treatment, strep throat continues to be contagious until symptoms resolve.

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Yes, but it takes a long, long time and can lead to complications. You could get rheumatic fever and that could also kill you. If it gets in the blood stream (if any bacteria gets there) you will get very sick and possibly die. Strep is very treatable so there is no reason not to get atibiotics.

I was, too, the first time I heard it. But the truth is, strep throat goes away all by itself. Antibiotics can reduce the duration of symptoms by about 16 hours, but really don’t help the throat much more than over-the-counter pain medicines. I know what you’re thinking: your child had strep throat, got antibiotics, and felt better the next day.

An advantage of this option is that if the infection is indeed strep, 24 hours on an antibiotic renders the patient noncontagious, allowing a return to school or work after just a day’s absence....

Strep throat is uncomfortable and highly contagious, but you may not need an antibiotic to treat the bacterial infection.

Someone who tests positive for strep throat but has no symptoms (called a “carrier”) usually does not need antibiotics. They are less likely to spread the bacteria to others and very unlikely to get complications.

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