First of all, you should know that viruses are the most common cause of sore throats. However, bacteria have a share of cases of sore throat bacteria called group A Streptococcus (group A strep), which causes pain and inflammation in the throat and tonsils.
Strep throat is more common in school-age children. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), up to 30 percent of children with sore throats have strep throat, and only 10 percent of adults with sore throats have strep throat.
In this article, we talk about strep throat, ways to treat it with various medications, as well as available home remedies, and ways to prevent it.
Strep throat medications
Because strep throat is a bacterial infection, your doctor will prescribe an antibiotic to treat it. These medicines prevent the spread of bacteria and infections. Several types of antibiotics are available. It is important to finish the course of antibiotics to completely eradicate the infection.
Some people stop taking their medication when symptoms improve, which can lead to a relapse. If this happens, symptoms can return.
Penicillin and amoxicillin are the two most common medications given for strep throat infections. If you’re allergic to penicillin or amoxicillin, your doctor may prescribe the antibiotic azithromycin.