How to Get Rid of Strep Throat Without Using Antibiotics

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As cold and flu season starts heating up, you will find yourself stocking up on those virus fighting herbs and tea lends, don’t forget about another common illness that seems to make its go around at least once every winter; strep throat.

Strep throat is probably one of the most painful and annoying illnesses that come around each winter, but it doesn’t have to keep you down and out for long. Strep throat often strikes children but since it is highly contagious, if one family member gets it, chances are good that everyone in the family will get it in time.


What Causes Strep Throat?

Strep throat is caused by a group A type of bacteria called Streptococcus progenies, or more commonly called strep throat. This type of bacteria is spread through airborne droplets, such as by sneezing or coughing, and is quite contagious.


What Are Common Symptoms?

The most common symptoms people get with strep throat are, of course, a painfully sore throat, fever, and enlarged lymph nodes under the jaw. This is more than just your run of the mill sore throat; this one feels like you swallowed a steel wool pad. Many people find they can’t bear to swallow anything firmer than hot tea, ice water, and jello.

There are more serious symptoms that aren’t as common but are still a result of strep throat. Some people experience vomiting and nausea, even some abdominal pain and swollen lymph nodes in the abdomen. Many people find they have white patches on their tonsils or at the very back of their throats, even streaks of pus!

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