Home Remedies to Get Rid of Strep Throat

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Winter usually brings along with it an array of sicknesses. During this season, many complain about the pain of sore throat, which can be the first sign of strep throat. Once you get these signs you can immediately use natural methods to get rid of strep throat.

Strep throat affects everyone irrespective of their age, but is very common between the age group of 5 to 15. It is contagious and can pass on to others easily, that is why so much care is required when a person is suffering from this problem.

What is Strep Throat?

It is a throat infection caused by bacteria, which irritates your throat with a scratching sensation and soreness.

Sometimes, sore throat results in strep throat, which if not treated on time can lead to other health issues, such as kidney inflammation and rheumatic fever, which can even damage your heart.

Symptoms of Strep Throat

It is very important to know the signs and symptoms of strep throat, so that one can treat it in the initial stage. You must be thinking now how do I know if I have strep throat?

You can diagnose whether you have strep throat or just a sore throat by knowing the symptoms that are mentioned below.

  • Throat pain and difficulty in swallowing
  • Red and swollen tonsils or lymph nodes sometimes with pus
  • Fever, rash, headache and fatigue
  •  vomiting and Stomach ache, especially in children
  • Small red spots on the palate

What Causes Strep Throat?

The bacteria known as ‘streptococcus pyogenes,’ are responsible for causing strep throat. These bacteria are extremely contagious and can spread easily when someone who is affected by strep throat sneezes, coughs or shares his/her personal belongings with others.

Natural Home Remedies to Treat your Strep Throat

This problem is driving people to see the doctor and take antibiotics, but the reality is that it can be treated without taking any medicine to treat your strep throat. Then you must be thinking now, what is the treatment for strep throat?

It’s a good question to ask and the answer is that you can treat your strep throat naturally with the use of home remedies. Relying on home remedies to get rid of strep throat is not only safe but also effective. So, let’s look into some home remedies to get rid of strep throat.

1. Lemon and Honey

Lemon and honey both contains natural healing agents, which can help in treating strep throat. Lemon contains Vitamin C that helps to fight the growth of bacteria, which causes strep throat. It also boosts up the immunity power and supports the overall health. Honey aids in keeping the throat moisturized, which relieves from itching, soreness and inflammation.

Method:

Ingredients:

  • Lukewarm water- 1 cup
  • Lemon juice- 1 tbsp
  • Honey- 1 tbsp

Process:

  • Take 1 cup of lukewarm water.
  • Add 1 tbsp each of lemon juice and honey to it.
  • Mix it well, and take this drink 2-3 times a day for few days to get rid of strep throat.

[Also Read:Honey for Sore Throat]

2. Marshmallow Root

Marshmallow root helps in soothing the sore throat, which is caused due to the presence of a mucus-like substance in your throat. It has also been found that marshmallow solutions help in relieving the irritated mucous membranes.

Method:

Ingredients:

  • Water- 1 cup
  • Dried marshmallow root- 1 tsp
  • A strainer

Process:

  • Boil a cup of water and add 1 tsp of dried marshmallow root to it.
  • Stir it well and cover it for 5 minutes to make the tea.
  • Strain it and then take the tea when it is warm.
  • You can drink it 2-3 times a day.
  • Follow this remedy for few days to treat strep throat.

3. Garlic

GarlicGarlic is both anti-inflammatory and antibiotic in nature. It contains a chemical known ‘allicin’ which kills the bacteria that cause strep throat. It also combats the germs that cause soreness and irritation in the throat.

Method-1: Raw Garlic

Ingredients:

  • Garlic- 2 to 3 cloves

Process:

  • Take 2-3 garlic cloves.
  • Peel the cloves of the garlic and cut them into halves.
  • Now chew garlic pieces in between to get the juice out of it.
  • This is good for your strep throat and much more effective than a cough syrup.
  • Follow this home remedy to get rid of strep throat.

Method-2: Garlic with Cinnamon

Like garlic, cinnamon also contains antiseptic properties that help in disinfecting and annihilating the bacteria that cause strep throat.

Ingredients:

  • Cinnamon powder- a pinch
  • Grated garlic- 1 tsp
  • Cayenne pepper- a pinch
  • Hot water-1 cup

Process:

  • Take 1 tsp of grated garlic, and a pinch each of cinnamon powder and cayenne pepper.
  • Mix all these ingredients well in a cup of hot water.
  • Take this decoction daily for 3-5 days to heal your strep throat.

4. Licorice Root

Licorice root is an herb, which is used for many health problems, and strep throat is one among them. Due to its antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties, it helps in reducing the swelling of the throat and the lymphatic nodes. It also alleviates the irritation in the throat.
Licorice tea when mixed with cinnamon and other pain-relieving ingredients becomes a very powerful remedy in treating strep throat.

Method: Licorice Root with Cinnamon, Chamomile and Cloves

Ingredients:

  • Dry chopped licorice root-1 cup
  • Cinnamon chips- ½ cup
  • Dried chamomile flowers- ½ cup
  • Clove powder- 2 tbsp
  • Water- 2 ½ cup
  • A bowl
  • A strainer

Process:

  • Take 1 cup of chopped dry licorice root, ½ cup each of cinnamon chips and dried chamomile flowers and 2 tbsp of clove powder in a bowl.
  • Mix all the ingredients well (you can store this mixture for few days).
  • Take 2 ½ cups of water and boil it.
  • Now, take 3 tbsp of the mixture and add to the boiling water to make a tea.
  • Boil this tea for 10-15 minutes in a low heat.
  • Then, strain the tea and drink it when it is warm.
  • You can have 2 cups of this tea for few days to get rid of throat inflammation and pain of strep throat.

5. Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne PepperThis hot spice is another great remedy for healing strep throat. It contains antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, which are very effective in fighting bacteria that cause strep throat. Cayenne pepper also has ‘capsaicin’, which helps to flush out the toxins and germs that cause infection.

Method-1: With Honey and Garlic

Ingredients:

  • Cayenne powder- ¼ tsp
  • Honey- 1 tbsp
  • Garlic- 3 cloves
  • Water-1 glass

Process:

  • Take 3 garlic cloves and grate.
  • Take ¼ tsp of cayenne powder, 1 tbsp of honey and the grated garlic in a bowl.
  • Mix all the ingredients well.
  • Take 1 ½ tsp of the mixture and add to a glass of warm water.
  • Drink this solution in every 1-2 hours several times a day.
  • After drinking this solution, avoid taking water for some time.
  • Continue this method for 2-3 days to find relief from strep throat.

Method-2: For Gargling

Ingredients:

  • Warm water- 1 glass
  • Cayenne pepper- ¼ tsp
  • Lemon juice- 1 tbsp

Process:

  • Take a glass of warm water, and add ¼ tsp of cayenne pepper, and 1 tbsp of lemon juice to it.
  • Stir it well and use this solution for gargling several times in a day.
  • Repeat this remedy for 2-3 days and you will notice a major difference in your condition.

6. Herbal Tea

This tea is a combination of some ingredients, which play a vital role in curing strep throat. This tea is made of apple cider vinegar, honey, lemon, and cayenne pepper.

Apple cider vinegar and cayenne pepper contain anti-inflammatory properties; honey helps in soothing the strep throat; and lemon contains Vitamin C that stimulates the body’s antibiotics to fight the bacteria that cause strep throat.

Method:

Ingredients:

  • Hot water-1 cup
  • Apple cider vinegar- 1 tsp
  • Honey- 1 tsp
  • Lemon juice-1/4 tsp
  • Cayenne pepper- a pinch

Process:

  • Take 1 cup of hot water.
  • Add 1 tsp each of apple cider vinegar and honey, ¼ tsp of lemon juice and a pinch of cayenne pepper to the water.
  • Mix all the ingredients well to make a tea.
  • Now, drink this herbal tea 3-4 times a day for 3-5 days to treat strep throat effectively.
  • This is a very effective remedy for strep throat.

7. Onions

OnionThe antiseptic and antibacterial nature of onion treats strep throat effectively.

Method:

Ingredients:

  • Onion- 1
  • Water

Process:

  • Take 1 onion, peel it and cut it into small pieces.
  • Chew the onion pieces regularly.
  • If you find it difficult to chew, then you can make onion juice by grinding it with some water.
  • Use this onion juice to gargle your infected throat.
  • Repeat this process 4-5 times in a day till you find relief from your strep throat.

8. Sage

Sage is a very powerful remedy in treating strep throat. It eases the inflammation and guards soft tissues of the throat as well as the respiratory system. You can also take sage in the form of capsule or tincture. You can also prepare a sage tea.

Method: Sage Tea/Gargle

Ingredients:

  • Dried sage leaves- 2 tsp
  • Water- 1 cup
  • A strainer

Process:

  • Take 1 cup of water and boil it.
  • Add 2 tsp of dried sage leaves to the boiling water.
  • Let it boil for 8-10 minutes and then strain it.
  • Drink this tea slightly hot or warm.
  • You can also use this tea to gargle your throat.
  • You can follow any one process 3-4 times in a day for few days to treat strep throat symptoms.

[Also Read:How to Get Rid of a Canker Sore on Tongue]

Caution: Pregnant or nursing mothers should not take sage.

Tips to Get Rid of Strep Throat

If you are thinking how to stop strep throat, then follow the tips that are mentioned below, which will help you to get rid of the problem of strep throat.

  • Use salt water gargle regularly for several times a day. It is one of the oldest remedies in reducing throat inflammation and pain.
  • Avoid drinking or eating anything hot as it can irritate your throat and cause pain. Drink warm beverages and food when you suffer from strep throat.
  • Use saline nasal sprays to decongest the mucus.
  • Do not eat hot, spicy and fried foods while you are suffering from strep throat as it worsens the problem by making the throat inflamed.
  • Use sage or Echinacea throat sprays or lozenges frequently to avoid scratchy throat and inflammation.
  • Use a hand sanitizer or wash your hands regularly with antibiotic soaps and hot water to stop the spread of bacteria.
  • Smoking and consumption of alcohol should be strictly avoided as it will irritate your throat lining.
  • Take rest as sufficient amount of sleep restores your body’s ability to fight the infections.
  • Take 1000 mg of Vitamin C for 3 times a day when you are suffering from strep throat as it helps in preventing the bacteria and viruses.
  • Eat only soft foods like mashed potatoes, porridge, yogurt etc, as it is easy for you to swallow while having strep throat.

Tips to Prevent the Spread of Strep Throat

Here are some of the precautions that will help you to avoid the spreading of infection from one person to another.

  • Always cover your mouth while coughing, or sneezing.
  • You should wash your hands and use hand sanitizers often.
  • Wash dishes and clothes in hot water to avoid spreading of bacteria to others at home.
  • If you have a kid at home, then stay away from them, as kids can catch strep throat
  • Eating a balanced and healthy diet helps in preventing infection.
  • Infection can also spread by using the same toothbrush for a long time, so keep changing your toothbrush every 2 months.
  • A minimum of 8 hrs sleep is required every day for your body to function normally.
  • Avoid close contacts with other persons like kissing, hugging, shaking hands while suffering from this problem.

These home remedies to get rid of strep throat work effectively if you follow them properly. After following these remedies and tips, if strep throat still exists, then consult an ENT specialist who can guide you in getting a quick recovery from strep throat.

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