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... but I heard such horror stories about not treating strep with antibiotics. ...
|Strep Throat Risks Called Exaggerated, Tx Rationale Changed
The risk that a sore throat will lead to rheumatic fever has always been vastly exaggerated, and it may be lower now than it once was. In fact, the risk is one of the major myths of medicine, Dr. Michael Radetsky said at a conference on pediatric infectious diseases sponsored by Children's Hospital, Denver.
The study shows that the risk of any kind of complication in a patient is extremely low.
But, treatment has been shown not to speed recovery much, and treating to prevent contagion also is not likely to make much difference, because it is estimated that for every patient with a sore throat who sees a doctor, four to six people do not.
“The justification for doing what we do is becoming slimmer and slimmer, so that the continued pursuit of group A streptococcal pharyngitis is really driven by an outdated notion of risk, and a self-perpetuated habit” he added.
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