Podcast 505: Sleep on Strep Throat 

Podcast 505: Sleep on Strep Throat 

Contributor: Don Stader, MD

Educational Pearls:

  • Only 10% of patients receiving antibiotics for strep throat actually have the diesease
  • Treatment of strep with antibiotics only slightly reduces the duration of illness. Most studies say the reduction is between 16 and 24 hours
  • Antibiotic treatment may reduce complications such as peritonsilar abscess and otitis media but antibiotics also increase the risk of diarrhea and yeast infection
  • Rheumatic fever is caused by a specific serotype of strep that is no longer prevalent in the United States, so treating strep throat likely has no effect on preventing this complication¬†

References

Anand Swaminathan, “Do Patients with Strep Throat Need to Be Treated with Antibiotics?”, REBEL EM blog, January 5, 2015. Available at: https://rebelem.com/patients-strep-throat-need-treated-antibiotics/.¬†

Summarized by Will Dewispelaere, MS4 | Edited by Erik Verzemnieks, MD

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