HEALTH By Staff Curator / December 16, 2015 What natural remedies have you used to treat strep throat? By: healthyandnaturalworld.com – Strep throat is an infection that manifests in a painful and inflamed throat. It is caused by Streptococcus pyogenes bacteria. While people at all ages can contract it, it is most common in children thirteen years and younger. Lets have a look at the best natural remedies for strep throat. The Difference Between a Sore Throat, Strep and Tonsillitis The terms sore throat, strep throat, and tonsillitis are often used interchangeably, but they don’t mean the same thing. Tonsillitis refers to tonsils that are inflamed. Strep throat is an infection caused by a specific type of bacteria, Streptococcus. When you have a strep throat, your tonsils are usually very inflamed, and the inflammation may affect the surrounding part of the throat as well. Other causes of sore throats are viruses that may only cause inflammation of the throat around the tonsils and not the tonsils themselves. Strep Throat Symptoms The symptoms of strep throat start between two to five days after being exposed to the bacteria and normally continue for about a week. Mild to moderate cases of strep throat may be responsive to natural remedies, but if you have a serious case, you should consult a doctor to avoid serious complications like kidney disease and rheumatic fever. You can use natural remedies in combination with the doctor’s antibiotic prescription for the best results. The symptoms differ from one person to the next, depending on the severity of the specific case. They include: Severe and sudden sore throat without coughing, sneezing, or other cold symptoms. Pain or difficulty swallowing. Swollen and tender lymph nodes in the neck. A sudden fever and sometimes chills. Loss of appetite. White or yellow spots or coating on the throat and tonsils. If the symptoms include coughing, sneezing, or a congested, runny nose, then it is probably a viral infection that will not benefit from some of the suggestions below. Natural Remedies for Strep Throat The best natural remedies are those that soothe the pain, counter the inflammation, and attack the bacteria. Fermented food (yoghurt, sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir, kombucha, miso, probiotics) Researchers have found that probiotics have beneficial effects on more than just your intestines. At this stage it has been proved an effective treatment for both urinary tract and respiratory infections. It is not sure how this happens, but it seems as if healthy intestinal bacteria increases your immune system’s resistance to harmful bacteria elsewhere in your body. Further, it appears as if some of the healthy bacteria in probiotics are delivered alive to areas other than your intestines to overwhelm and crowd out the harmful bacteria there. Since the probiotics must pass directly through your throat, the chance is good that it will overpower the bacteria there. Capsaicin or cayenne pepper This popular spice was originally grown in South and Central America, and is a member of the Capsicum family of vegetables, which are more commonly known as chili peppers. The spicy heat produced by cayenne is caused by its high concentration of a substance called capsaicin. Since it is strong and might hurt your throat, and since research shows that it is so well absorbed by your skin that it can treat muscle and joint pain, the best idea is to apply a capsaicin cream or paste to the skin on… Read the complete article here.