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Strep throat can be an extremely painful respiratory condition, making it hard to swallow, thus function normally. Although the conventional treatment for strep throat is antibiotics, research shows that they only reduce the length of the illness by about half a day. They also don’t seem to affect time off from school or work. Because antibiotic-resistant bacteria is becoming a real threat, it’s helpful to try natural strep throat home remedies before resorting to prescribed medicine. Here are a few natural alternatives that would help alleviate the pain of Streptococcus.

According to DrAxe.com, here are a few natural methods you can try:

1. Elderberry

Elderberry has antibacterial and antiviral effects. A recent study showed that elderberry can protect against respiratory symptoms during long flights. Researchers analyzed this due to the increased risk of getting upper respiratory disorders and virus and bacteria-induced respiratory infections on flights. They found that the travelers returning from overseas, who used elderberry, showed fewer respiratory symptoms than the placebo group.

You can drink elderberry tea, take capsules, or use elderberry powder. You can even buy it in liquid form

2. Echinacea

Known as another way to prevent the common

cold, researchers suggest that there are many powerful echinacea benefits, including its ability to work as an immuno-enhancing herb that can stop the spread of bacterial conditions like strep throat. There is good evidence suggesting that the phytochemicals in echinacea, and one of its compounds called echinacea, can keep bacteria and viruses from entering healthy cells.

Echinacea can also be used to relieve pain related to strep throat, such as sore throat, headaches and body aches. It has anti-inflammatory effects that will help to reduce swelling in the throat and tonsils. Take echinacea in liquid form, as a tea or in capsule form as soon as symptoms appear.

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