The most common and most effective treatment for strep throat is antibiotics, according to WebMD. Usually, doctors prescribe penicillin, but they also use clindamycin, erythromycin-based drugs or other antibiotics such as cephalexin.Continue Reading
Antibiotics are used primarily because they are the fastest way to treat the condition, according to WeMD. Using antibiotics also decreases the length of time a person is considered contagious. As a result, the infection is less likely to spread. Generally, a person is no longer considered contagious if they have been on antibiotics for 24 hours. Until then, WebMD recommends people avoid sneezing or coughing on others and to wash hands frequently. It's also important to buy a new toothbrush to use when sick and then replace it once all symptoms are gone.
Relief from the sore throat symptoms usually follows soon after the initial 24 hour period. However, it is important for individuals to continue taking the prescribed medication as directed to prevent the infection from returning. WebMD also lists a few treatments a person can use from home to ease the symptoms of strep throat, including increasing fluid intake and getting extra rest when recovering. Nonprescription pain relievers, such as Tylenol and ibuprofen, can ease the pain associated with this infection.Learn more about Conditions & Diseases