Strep throat is a very irritating respiratory condition. People with the condition may have a difficult time swallowing and eating and, in difficult cases, it can even make it hard for someone to sleep. Many people confuse a sore throat and strep throat, but the two are different. Sore throats can be caused by a number of things ranging from allergies, pollution, dehydration, and bacteria. Strep throats, on the other hand, are caused by bacteria and a sore throat is often a symptom. Both strep throat and a sore throat can be spread from an infected person to someone else.
Strep throat is caused by the Streptococcus bacterium, which can come in several forms. The group A Streptococcus bacterium is the one that will cause strep throat, and this bacterium is easily passed on. It’s important to avoid sneezing, coughing, or breathing on people without covering your mouth. Be cautious to wash your hands and avoid sharing drinks while you are infected.
The most common treatment for this condition is an antibiotic prescribed from the doctor, but even antibiotics aren’t known to be tremendously effective in helping ward off the disease—and they don’t do much for helping to ward off the symptoms until the actual disease starts to disappear. Fortunately, there are a number of home remedies that can be very useful for helping to speed up your recovery time. A lot of these home remedies will also be useful for helping to minimize some of the symptoms that are associated with strep throat. In this article, we’ll discuss some of these remedies and let you know how you can use them to help improve your recovery.
Home Remedy #1: Elderberry
Elderberry is a popular plant that grows in the Pacific Northwest and other areas of North America. Elderberry has been used for many years as a home remedy for all sorts of respiratory problems, and science is finally catching up to the fact that elderberry can actually be quite effective.
If you live in an area where elderberry grows, then you can make a tea from the berries. Otherwise, you can find dried teas or capsules in many health food stores.