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Will strep throat go away on it's own??

post #1 of 19
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I've had a cold for a couple of days. Two days ago I woke up with a splitting headache, bit of a cough. Yesterday I still had a really bad headache, bit of a fever, and a cough. Today I have a cough, feel a bit congested in the chest, and my throat KILLS! I looked at the back of my mouth with a flashlight and there's blisters back there. It looks exactly like my kids throats looked when they had strep. Oh, and I have no tonsils. DH swears I need to go to the urgent care clinic tommorow and get antibiotics......but I'd rather not if I don't have to.

Any words of wisdom?
post #2 of 19
With or without antibiotics strep will go away in just a few days. Google strep and you should find this. I searched this very question for my sister about a month a go.

Feel Better Mama!
post #3 of 19
I don't think it will necessarily "go away on its own" but I'd start with different treatment methods than antibiotics. You've seemed sort of rundown (the way I felt a few years ago), and I had some cold-type illness that morphed into a horrible sore throat, my ears were starting to feel painful, I was just going downhill. And without knowing any other treatment options, antibiotics were my best bet and I started to feel better.

That said, I'd do other stuff now if it happened again. Bowel tolerance vitamin C, maybe some sort of gargle to help topically in your throat, cut out dairy completely for a while (if you consume it), I like to drink Aviva Romm's garlic lemonade. Extra zinc, I think folks supp in the range of 40mg (split into 2 doses) for a week or so while sick (I supp all the time so I'm not completely sure on the dosage). Extra vitamin D may help too (can you tell that the kids and I have had lots of nutrient deficiencies? that's been the most helpful thing for us). But I'd do a LOT of this, to try to stop the progression and give your body the support it needs to heal.
post #4 of 19
Strep that is untreated is highly contagious. While you may be able to rid it from your system w/o meds, others may not be so lucky. Strep untreated or unrecognized can travel to other parts of the body and destroy tissue. Think heart damage.

Go to the doctor, get a strep test. if you have strep, take abx. This is a time to take one for the team ... ie. your body and for anyone else who you might pass it on to.

Liz
post #5 of 19
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Originally Posted by CatskillMtnMama View Post
Strep that is untreated is highly contagious. While you may be able to rid it from your system w/o meds, others may not be so lucky. Strep untreated or unrecognized can travel to other parts of the body and destroy tissue. Think heart damage.

Go to the doctor, get a strep test. if you have strep, take abx. This is a time to take one for the team ... ie. your body and for anyone else who you might pass it on to.

Liz
I have to agree. I loathe antibiotics, but in the case of strep I feel they are necessary. Without treatment you can be contagious for 2-3 weeks even after your throat symptoms go away.

In additon to damage to the heart valves, strep can affect the joints and can also lead to an inflammation of the kidneys called glomerulonephritis that can require dialysis.
post #6 of 19
Thread Starter 
Ok, so my throat feels quite a bit better today......but I still have blisters back there??? I am prone to canker sores in my mouth....and that's almost what they look like back there. It's weird.
post #7 of 19
post #8 of 19
we have treated strep at home.

my oldest daughter who is 21 got strep about 3 times in one year and she got fed up and decided to self treat and also changed her diet .
She hasn't had strep since then.

I had a really bad sore throat 2 weeks ago, couldn't swallow, with a flashlight it looked like little sores so I took SA to bowel tolerance, gargled with GSE 3-4 times a day, a minced clove of garlic in some honey 2-3 times a day and of course taking a prpbiotic extra zinc, vitamin D etc; I had a little bit of propolis/golden seal throat spray left and within 3 days it was much better and totally gone by a week.
Now, I can't be certain it was strep but that is how I would treaat any sore throat.
It seems that both strep and mastitis are more common in us mamas when we are run down so after the initial healing it is a good idea to add more nutrient dense foods, healing foods, probiotic foods, try get more sleep etc;
I also don't feel comfortable totally not treating strep, but that doesn't mean using antibiotics. THere are many other better treatments, especially in the long run.
antibiotics might take care of it short term but in the long run it is going to mess with your gut flora/immune system and set you up for issues like yeast, recurrence of strep and susceptibility to other viruses and bacteria.

THere are other things like colloidal silver which is a good substitute for abx and I know of someone who loves oregeno oil, so there are tons of options to choose from.
hth
post #9 of 19
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post #10 of 19
You know... I think it depends on the case. I've used a lot of the remedies listed above, and had them work. Last time I had strep, I went a week using the same remedies. The pain/infection continued, so I did the abx. I felt guilty about it -- it was the first time I'd been on abx since my teens -- but I couldn't kick the strep without it.

There's a natural physician in Manhattan who says that if you are going to do abx for step, that you should wait at least three days. He says in that time, your body can start creating immunity to prevent the next infection... and you'd lose that opportunity if you go on abx right away. Just an interesting side note. Good luck.
post #11 of 19
I just wrote a post a couple weeks ago on how I treated strep at home for the first time. My son gets it every year bad. I have never been able to treat it. We got a positive test result from his doc. and she warned me about what will happen if I dont give him antibio. I did not give him antibio. and it went away. I never used anything to take his fever way.
He is nine years old.

Silver: orally, gargle it, sprAy in the nose and drops in the ear. Two or more times a day.

Detox baths: 2 c. acv in a full tub of hot water

NO SUGAR. NONE!

Pau D'arco tea: couple cups a day (wholefoods sells it)

Vit. c

It went away and never came back! I'm still proud.
post #12 of 19
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So I coughed REALLY hard......and I think the blister popped *gag*. Its bleeding a bit....and whenever I cough I can taste blood. So I don't think it was strep throat.....I think it might have been a canker sore????
post #13 of 19
Ewww. Was it just one blister? If so it may not have been strep. For me, strep is lots and lots of little tiny pus blisters and the worst pain ever (EVER) when I swallow.

If you think it's strep I would be on antibiotics faster than you can say unholy agony and pain. I get strep all the time and I hate hate hate it. I don't understand how you can not be treated for it - it also causes scarlet fever if left too long. And it hurts like hell, to the point where I am suicidal wanting it gone.

If someone I knew had strep and didn't take meds for it and got me sick... oooh would there be hell to pay. snarl.

Good luck, whatever it is.
post #14 of 19
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Originally Posted by Chakra View Post
I just wrote a post a couple weeks ago on how I treated strep at home for the first time. My son gets it every year bad. I have never been able to treat it. We got a positive test result from his doc. and she warned me about what will happen if I dont give him antibio. I did not give him antibio. and it went away. I never used anything to take his fever way.
He is nine years old.

Silver: orally, gargle it, sprAy in the nose and drops in the ear. Two or more times a day.

Detox baths: 2 c. acv in a full tub of hot water

NO SUGAR. NONE!

Pau D'arco tea: couple cups a day (wholefoods sells it)

Vit. c

It went away and never came back! I'm still proud.

cool!!!!
It is such a good feeling to actually take responsibility for yours and your family's health.

btw, one of my sons had scarlet fever 2 years ago he was 8 and had it so mildly. He didn't have any classic symptoms of strep, wasn't even complaining of sore throat and the only reason I took him to be dx'd was because of the rash and me being pregnant at the time, so I wanted to find out what it was.
The dr. said that most times it is pretty mild and contrary to what most people believe, scarlet fever is a form of strep and not a complication of not taking care of a sore throat, since strep is not always in the throat.
post #15 of 19
Scarlet fever can quickly morph into rheumatic fever, though. It's nothing to be nonchalant about. It can also give boys problems with sterility later in life. My youngest brother had it as a small child and was very sick.

OP, it doesn't sound like you had strep, although it manifests in lots of different ways. We took DS to the doc for a chronic stomach ache and low grade fever a couple of years ago, on a whim the doc decided to swap for strep and it came back positive. He never had a sore throat or blisters.
post #16 of 19
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Originally Posted by Krisis View Post
If you think it's strep I would be on antibiotics faster than you can say unholy agony and pain. I get strep all the time and I hate hate hate it. I don't understand how you can not be treated for it - it also causes scarlet fever if left too long. And it hurts like hell, to the point where I am suicidal wanting it gone.

If someone I knew had strep and didn't take meds for it and got me sick... oooh would there be hell to pay. snarl.
I don't think most people on here are saying to do nothing for it, just to pick something more natural than abx, as well as something that will be more of a long term solution. If you are getting strep "all the time", then the abx are probably not what your body needs. Your immune system needs supported to fight it off so that it can help prevent recurrent infections.
post #17 of 19
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Ewww. Was it just one blister?
Yeah, it was a blister about the size of a dime. OUCH. My throat hurts all night and then for the first couple hours in themorning....but then it feels better.
post #18 of 19
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Originally Posted by mama1803 View Post
I have to agree. I loathe antibiotics, but in the case of strep I feel they are necessary. Without treatment you can be contagious for 2-3 weeks even after your throat symptoms go away.

In additon to damage to the heart valves, strep can affect the joints and can also lead to an inflammation of the kidneys called glomerulonephritis that can require dialysis.
Actually, the administration of antibiotics does not affect the incidence of glomerulonephritis. It is just a rare complication of strep that happens randomly, whether you take abx for strep throat or not. Read the bottom of this link:

http://www.askdrsears.com/html/8/t083900.asp

I think that's just another one of the fear-based myths that get perpetuated because people have been told "strep can affect your kidneys".


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Originally Posted by SquishyKitty View Post
Scarlet fever can quickly morph into rheumatic fever, though. It's nothing to be nonchalant about. It can also give boys problems with sterility later in life. My youngest brother had it as a small child and was very sick.

OP, it doesn't sound like you had strep, although it manifests in lots of different ways. We took DS to the doc for a chronic stomach ache and low grade fever a couple of years ago, on a whim the doc decided to swap for strep and it came back positive. He never had a sore throat or blisters.
Scarlet fever doesn't just morph into rheumatic fever any faster than "regular" strep throat. Scarlet fever is just strep throat with a rash. Two kids in the same family can be exposed to the exact same strain of strep at the exact same time, and one might get the scarlatina rash and one not. It is no different. Both can lead to theumatic fever if untreated, but it is rare. The highest risk of rheumatic fever is between the ages of 5 - 15. There are many different ideas about how to treat strep though, and abx are just one opinion.

Your child may have been a strep carrier, and because he was tested for strep at the time of having another virus of some sort, it was positive.

I think I also read that there are certain strains of strep that are more likely to lead to rheumatic fever, which is why some HCP's recommend doing abx only in the case of someone with a previous heart condition or in cases where there have been incidences of rheumatic fever in that area. I think that's what Randall Neustadter suggests.

It's a tough decision. I would seek out the help of my homeopath or ND.
Hope you are feeling better soon, OP.
post #19 of 19
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Originally Posted by Evie's Mama View Post
I don't think most people on here are saying to do nothing for it, just to pick something more natural than abx, as well as something that will be more of a long term solution. If you are getting strep "all the time", then the abx are probably not what your body needs. Your immune system needs supported to fight it off so that it can help prevent recurrent infections.
Word. I wish I had an immune system, but mine sucks. I totally get what you are saying though and it sounds like something I would like to try... but that's because I don't have strep right now. When I get strep all I can think of is the pain and getting it over with as quickly as possible. Strep throat hurts me worse than labor did.
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