Strep throat is a highly contagious bacterial infection caused by the group A Streptococcus bacteria, otherwise known as group A strep. It is spread by coming in contact with an infected person through coughing, sneezing, sharing a beverage, and physical contact near the eyes, nose or mouth. Symptoms, which may include difficulty swallowing, a sore throat, fever, headaches, and red or swollen tonsils or lymph nodes, may occur up to five days after being exposed to the bacteria. Here are some treatment options that can be done at home to avoid a walk-in clinic.
Because strep throat is a bacterial infection, it will likely need to be treated with a prescription antibiotic; however, eating foods that contain naturally anti-bacterial properties may also help. Elderberry has antiviral and antibacterial properties that have been shown to protect against respiratory symptoms during long flights. According to one study, long flights may increase the risk of developing an upper respiratory infection including strep throat from bacteria and virus germs found on planes. The study found that travelers who used elderberry when returning from their trips were less likely to develop symptoms.