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Chronic Strep—Causes and Healing Options

Posted at 7:14 AM, Mar 26, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-26 09:14:37-04


Strep throat is caused by a bacterial infection (streptococcal bacteria) in the throat and tonsils. Although one of the main symptoms of a strep infection is a severe sore throat, most occurrences of sore throat are caused by a viral infection and are treated a different way. In some cases, a strep infection can become a recurring problem and alternative treatment methods may be necessary.

What are the symptoms of strep throat?
  • Sudden, severe sore throat
  • Pain when swallowing
  • High fever
  • Swollen tonsils and lymph nodes in neck
  • White or yellow spots on the back of a red throat
  • Headaches and body aches
What is chronic/recurring strep throat?
  • A case of strep throat that is not cured after antibiotic treatment
  • A person who is infected by a strain of strep bacteria frequently
  • A person who is diagnosed with strep over and over again
What are the causes of chronic strep?
  • Weakened immune system from other illnesses, organ transplants, or medications
  • Resistance to antibiotics
  • Carriers of strep throat bacteria
Treatment options for chronic strep
  • Strict antibiotic schedule
  • Symptom management with OTC pain medication
  • Warm salt water gargles
  • Tonsillectomy