Treatment of strep throat

By: Max Upright

What it is

Strep throat is a contagious disease caused by infection with streptococcal bacteria, which causes inflammation and swelling of the mucous membranes lining the back of the throat and the tonsils.

Treatment

  • Penicillin. This drug may be given by injection in some cases — such as if you have a young child who is having a hard time swallowing or is vomiting.
  • Amoxicillin.This drug is in the same family as penicillin, but is often a preferred option for children because it tastes better and is available as a chewable tablet.