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Strep throat, a disease widespread among teens and kids, is marked by some common features, such as swollen red tonsils, stomach ache, and fever. As the condition is caused due to streptococcus infection, it can be treated only with antibiotics. Strep throat infection spreads very easily and children are highly susceptible to it.
Typically, a 10-day course of antibiotics is prescribed by doctors to treat the infection completely. The recovery begins 24 hrs after administration of the first antibiotic. After the first dose of antibiotic, fever subsides and the infection is no longer contagious. All the other symptoms begin to disappear after the 2-3 days of the antibiotic course. However, in any case, the course should not be stopped mid-way before the completion of 10 days as some of the remaining bacteria might cause the symptoms to relapse.
Thus, if proper medications are taken right from the first day of onset of the disease, the recovery time would be merely 3-10 days, depending on the severity of the symptoms. In cases, where symptoms are very mild, recovery can happen in 3-7 days even without antibiotic course. In such a case, the condition will remain contagious till symptoms of the disease persist. However, in case the condition is ignored, the infection remains contagious for nearly 21 days. Moreover, inadequate treatment can also sometimes lead to other serious problems, such as blood infections, scarlet fever, rheumatic fever, and/or kidney disease, thereby extending the recovery time indefinitely. Therefore, it is advisable to start the treatment as soon as possible, after consulting your physicians. Usually, for quick recovery, you will be required to take Tylenol (antipyretic) and Ibuprofen (analgesic) along with the antibiotics.
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