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Duration of Strep Throat

By treating strep throat within the first two days of symptoms, it will help decrease the length and severity of symptoms. But what is the typical duration of strep throat?
If strep throat is treated with antibiotics, after 24 hours, you will no longer spread the bacteria to others. Children can return to school and adults to work after 24 hours of taking antibiotics. After 24 hours, a person is no longer contagious.
During the first 24 hours, there should also be a drop in temperature. Other symptoms will start to improve around day two or three of treatment. Even if you are feeling better, make sure not to stop the treatment too early or skip a dose, as this could allow the bacteria to become resistant to the medication. This could allow the infection to spread and may require longer treatment.
If symptoms worsen or do not improve within a few days after starting treatment, contact your healthcare provider again.
(Click Strep Throat Treatment for more information on strep throat's duration, including details on how long treatment typically lasts and when symptoms will begin to improve. This article also describes various treatment options that are available.)
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