Dr Oz: Strep Throat & Antibiotics
Dr Oz did a show about Strep Throat caused by the Streptococcus bacteria. If you have ever had Strep Throat, you surely remember the unbearable pain every time you drink or swallow. A sore throat can be the sign of a cold, but it could also be the sign of Strep Throat which can be more dangerous than you think if it goes untreated. If you are wondering about the difference between a Sore Throat and a Strep Throat, then read this recap from another segment of Dr Oz: Sore Throat vs Strep Throat. Doctor Oz’s Assistant-Of-The-Day was Joy from seat 28, and she said that just a couple of weeks ago she had a sore throat. Dr Oz is from Philadelphia originally, so he seemed particularly excited that Joy was from his hometown!
Dr Oz: Streptococcus Bacteria
Dr Oz showed an image of what Streptococcus Bacteria looks like growing in your throat. If you have Strep Throat, you will get white stuff, which is puss, growing on your tonsils and on the back of your throat. But the appearance alone does not give you a diagnosis, you need for your doctor to do throat culture first. If you have Strep Throat, you will be prescribed antibiotics. Doctor Oz said that you can think of Streptococcus Bacteria as being hidden behind a very protective wall. So your immune system tries to break down the wall, but only antibiotics are strong enough to break down the wall and completely kill the bacteria.
Dr Oz: Untreated Strep Causes Rheumatic Fever
Doctor Oz said that if you leave Strep Throat untreated, you can develop the following complications:
- Skin Infections
- Blood Infections
- Scarlet Fever
- Rheumatic Fever
Doctor Oz said that if you do not treat Strep Throat with antibiotics, then your immune system has to overreact and some of the antibodies that are produces can start to attack your heart valve, which can cause blood to back up into your lungs so that you cannot breath. This is what happens with Rheumatic Fever.
Dr Oz: Sore Throat Remedies
Dr Oz said that if you have a sore throat for over a week, then you need to get tested for Strep Throat and take antibiotics. However here are some Sore Throat Remedies to help soothe your throat:
- warm soup
- cool sorbet
- honey in a cup of tea
Dr Oz even found the perfect gift for his Assistant-Of-The-Day: a stuffed animal Streptococcus Bacteria!