Home Remedy for Strep Throat
Specific Home Remedies for Treating Strep ThroatAntibiotics will help decrease the severity and length of symptoms in people with strep throat. There are also some things that people can do at home to decrease their symptoms. Some of these options include:
- Pain medicines
- Throat lozenges
- Throat sprays
- Oral rinses
- Natural therapies
- Other options.
Over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers can be used to help treat throat pain and fever. This includes acetaminophen (Tylenol®) or NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen (Motrin®) or naproxen (Aleve®). Aspirin products should not be used in children under the age of 18.
Throat Lozenges/Hard Candy
There are a variety of throat lozenges available to treat sore throat symptoms and dryness of the mouth. However, research has not shown these to be any more or less effective than other options available. Hard candy is another, less-expensive option.
Throat lozenges and hard candy are not recommended for children under the age of four because of the choking hazard.
Other widely available products are throat sprays that contain an anesthetic. However, these do not appear to be any more effective than sucking on hard candy.
The old standby in many families is the salt-water gargle. It is not known whether it is effective, but it is unlikely to cause harm. Put ½ a teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of warm water. Gargle the water for 10 seconds, and then spit it out.
Go into a natural food store or supplement store and you will see as many choices for treating a sore throat as in a regular drugstore. Research has not shown any natural products to be effective in treating strep throat. There is also the risk of inaccurate labeling or contamination, so these products are generally not recommended.