Strep throat is terrible. This bacterial infection causes serious inflammation and pain in the throat and is most commonly caused by a group A Streptococcus bacteria. This illness is highly contagious, normally spread by coughing, sneezing, and other transfers of germs and bacteria, and it usually results in a patient complaining of a miserably sore throat. Antibiotics are vital to curing strep and should not be avoided. I am passionate about educating my clients about the dangers of strep, as it nearly took my life when I was younger. Complications of strep are more common than people realize, so proper treatment should never be put off or ignored. That being said, there are some natural remedies that make wonderful adjuvants to antibiotics in order to soothe symptoms of strep.
What is Strep Throat?
While this illness is fairly common and usually infects individuals between the ages of 5 and 15, many people don’t actually understand this ailment. The severity of strep throat has a tendency to vary from one person to another, since some individuals have mild symptoms, like an annoying sore throat, while others have more extreme symptoms that might include a severe sore throat, fever, and more. It’s important to understand this in order to always treat strep throat properly! Additional strep throat symptoms include :
- A sudden fever, often one 101˚F or higher
- A sore throat
- Redness in the throat with white patches
- Loss of appetite
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Great difficulty swallowing
Symptoms of strep throat normally manifest themselves within a five day period after exposure to the original bacteria. Sore throats occur in many circumstances and normally get better all on their own without the need for doctoral intervention. However, you should see a doctor and get tested for strep throat if: your sore throat lasts for more than two days, there are white patches in your throat or dark, red spots on your tonsils or the roof of the mouth, there is a sandpaper-like rash on the skin, or if you have any difficulty breathing and swallowing.
Natural Remedies to Soothe Symptoms Of Strep Throat
It’s highly important to understand that strep throat is a very serious illness that can even cause death when left untreated, or improperly treated. You should be sure to see your doctor if you believe you have strep throat in order to prevent a worsening of your illness. Once you have begun antibiotics, you can address the painful symptoms of strep with some potent natural remedies such as honey, lemon, garlic, and cayenne pepper.
What Is “Hot” Honey?
Hot honey is raw honey that has been infused/combined with cayenne pepper or another hot spice. Honey on its own is a potent antibacterial and antifungal and is beaming with vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. On a sore throat, it acts as a soothing coat to ease the inflammation and pain. When combined with a hot spice such as cayenne, it encourages blood flow to the area and becomes more potent in killing off infection.
Hot Honey Recipe For Strep Throat
If you’re interested in attempting this remedy to cure your sore throat, see the recipe below. Just remember that natural remedies are for soothing symptoms and should not be used as a cure. Professional medical attention should always be sought to best protect your health!
- 4 tbsp raw honey
- 2-4 cloves of fresh garlic, finely minced
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly with a spoon. Take 1/2-1 tsp every 30 minutes or so as desired. You want to let this sit on the back of your throat, so don’t wash down with liquid right away. This remedy is very effective for speeding up the healing process as well as soothing the painful symptoms of strep throat.
This recipe is an excellent adjuvant to antibiotics and can help to soothe symptoms of strep throat. Remember, strep throat is serious and can lead to disastrous complications if left untreated so please work with a trusted doctor if you contract strep.
Do you have a go-to natural remedy for a sore throat? Comment below!