Health Tip: Coping With Strep Throat
(HealthDay News) -- Strep throat is a bacterial infection that is treated with antibiotics to kill the germs and prevent complications.
To help soothe painful symptoms of strep, the American Academy of Family Physicians offers these suggestions:
Take an over-the-counter pain reliever such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Never give aspirin to children.
Gargle with a warm salt-water solution.
Adults and older children can suck on a popsicle, piece of ice, lozenge or hard candy.
Eat applesauce, yogurt and other soft foods, cool beverages and warm liquids such as soup or tea.
Get plenty of rest, and drink plenty of water.
Avoid foods or drinks that are acidic or spicy.
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