Strep Throat Support with Homeopathy

Streptococcal pharyngitis, also known as strep throat, is an infection of the back of the throat including the tonsils caused by group A streptococcus. Common symptoms include fever, sore throat, red tonsils, and enlarged lymph nodes in the neck. A headache, and nausea or vomiting may also occur. Some develop a sandpaper-like rash which is known as scarlet fever. Symptoms typically begin one to three days after exposure and last seven to ten days.    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Streptococcal_pharyngitis)

Strep Throat can be triggered off by both external and internal factors. It can be spread by respiratory droplets from an infected person or triggered by sudden change of external factors that can affect your immunity as streptococcus is a part of mucosal microbiota and some people are predispose to develop a strep throat. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3257638/)

What Homeopathy can offer in case of a strep throat and what natural remedies can help you to fight it?

For acute strep throat the best remedies to have in your medicine box: Apis, Baryta Carbonica, Belladonna, Lac Caninum, Lachesis, Mercuruis Iodatus Ruber, Phytolacca. 

Apis – redness and swelling of mucous membrains and uvula with dirty, grey covering of the throat and ulcers on tonsils. Dry mouth with no thirst and burning, stitching, splinter-like pains with the sense of constriction. Person feels worse in the warm room, from warmth of bed, from warm drinks and better in the open air, cold bathing and cold applications. 

Baryta Carbonica – catches cold easily, throat problems from over-use of voice. Glands and tonsils are swollen, there is blisters on the tongue with raw, scraped sensation and foul taste in mouth. Hoarse voice with much of saliva. Sore throat after getting feet wet, cold, damp weather. Better from warmth. 

Belladonna – symptoms come suddenly. Dry burning heat, flushed face with high fever. Throat is bright red and inflamed, angry looking, ulcerative with swollen glands and burning pain extending to right ear when swallowing. Tendency to swallow which is painful. Strawberry tongue. Throat feels constricted, neck is tender to touch. Pain burning, stinging, raw, pulsating.

Lachesis – sore throat starts on the left side, feels dry, intensely swollen. Throat is dusky, purplish. Pains from throat to ears, worse on waking. Sensation of the lump in the throat which can not be swallowed, splinter-like pains, cocking sensation – must loosen collar. Dryness of throat with constant desire to swallow. Person worth after sleep, from pressure or constriction, from hot drinks and empty swallowing, better by swallowing solid food. 

Lac Caninum – sore throat, from constant inclination to swallow saliva. Pain during swallowing extends to ears. Sensation as if throat were closing and he would choke. Shining glazed appearance of deposit, pearly-white or like white porcelain. Throat glistens like fish scales. Uvula coated. White ulcers on tonsils. Both tonsils swollen and covered with spots of exudation. Tonsils swollen as almost to close throat. Symptoms change rapidly from side to side. Larynx sensitive to pressure. Lump in throat. Wakes with mouth and throat painfully dry. Throat feels stiff as a board. Pricking sensation in throat. Tickling sensation causes constant cough.

Mercurius Iodatus Ruber – dark red, ulcerated sore throats, especially on left side which goes to right with much glandular swelling with stiff neck, cervical adenitis, sore and painful spine. Gums and glands are swollen, profuse saliva. Swallowing painful.

Phytolacca – throat is dark red (Belladonna – bright red), dry and rough with white or grey spots on sides of throat. Can not swallow anything hot. Glands are very painful and swollen. Pain feels at the base of the tongue when sticking out of mouth and shoots in both ears on swallowing (Belladonna – only right ear). Throat feels very hot and there is sensation of a lump.

Worse from hot drinks and hot food and better from cold drinks. 

Herbs as Echinacea, Calendula, Thyme, Rosehips have specific effect on streptococcal infection. Honey and Propolis are great infection fighters. Don’t forget about vitamins C and D, fish oil and probiotics.

St.Francis Throat Spay will be helpful as well – https://www.stfrancisherbfarm.com/products/stop-it-cold-throat-spray

Chronic or recurrent strep throat should be treated by experienced homeopath. 

Call your homeopath during acute flair up or for chronic condition treatment to get support.

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