Strep throat…..and treatment
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So I figured that seems as I have the evening off, I might as well do something productive and put together a little information to help future victims of this deadly disease 😉 . It came on so quickly – I felt a slight irritation in my throat this morning and before I knew it I had throat, ear and head pain. Literally in the space of 4 hours my irritation grew into this monster of pain. Of course I immediatley set to work on it with as many biohacks as I could – the above picture is a grounding patch on the area that is most painful (Yes I do have crazy Irish freckles). Grounding is well renowned for improving inflammation, blood flow, headache relief, reduction of pain and more. Did it work? Read to the end to find out xo
What is STREP THROAT?
Strep throat is a contagious infection caused by group A streptococcus bacteria (Streptococcus pyogenes) that can be passed from one person to another via close contact. If you’re experiencing throat pain, difficulty swallowing, swollen tonsils and lymph nodes, fever, headache, rashes, ear and body aches, and/or nausea, then watch out: you might already have a case of strep throat.
While strep throat may seem like a nightmare because of the pain that it inflicts, the disease can heal in two to five days, up to a week when you use natural methods. Antibiotics are the conventional method used to treat strep throat, but this class of medicines can set you up for more health risks that you might be unaware of.
What is the best treatment for strep throat?
Aside from antibiotics, over-the-counter painkillers such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen are also used to relieve strep throat but really not something I recommend. Capzasin cream would be a better alternative to massaging into the affected area – which uses the power of the pepper to bring localized pain relief to specific areas.
These simple strategies can also help:
- Drink warm liquids such as lemon water and teas for their antibacterial properties and antioxidants
- Drink cold liquids to numb the throat
- Turn on a cool-mist humidifier – add some tea tree or eucalyptus oil if you have some
- Use wild cherry bark lozenges – just don’t go for sugar-based lozenges
- Add 1/2 teaspoon of Himalayan salt to 1 cup of water, and gargle the mixture
- Suck on a teaspoon of Organic Raw Honey or Organic Elderberry syrup (Honey is better though)
- Have a hot Epsom salt bath – the magnesium will help ease pain (my answer to nearly everything lol)
- Take a shot of Apple Cider Vinegar in the morning, afternoon and before bed – this therapeutic amount will help kill bad bacteria and support your good bacteria in fighting the good fight!
You can also relieve pain from strep throat or even prevent future pain by practicing Grounding or walking barefoot on the earth, which can work against inflammation.
Natural pain relievers are also reliable. Not only are they inexpensive and available near you, but they also have little to no harmful side effects. Some I like to use are:
- Ginger: This herb treats pain, settles the stomach, and boasts of anti-inflammatory properties. You can add fresh ginger and steep it in boiling water, or grate and add to yogurt or soup.
- Boswellia: Also called boswellin or “Indian frankincense,” this herb has anti-inflammatory ingredients.
- Bromelain: This enzyme, which has anti-inflammatory properties, is found in pineapple. It’s available in supplement form, but you can eat fresh pineapple, including some of the stem since this is where the enzyme is abundant but remember the sugar content in this fruit – especially if you have blood glucose issues.
- Cinnamon and Turmeric: These spices have anti inflammatory properties and antimicrobial. Cinnamon has been found to stop the growth of fungi and bacteria. While Turmeric contains Bioactive Compounds with powerful medicinal properties that help fight infection. ( Don’t forget your black pepper too which when combined with spices increases its absorption rate by up to 2000% !)
Right so I’m off to make a Turmeric Cinnamon tea while I continue to ground. I hope you can use some of the tools or hacks above to help with your next throat infection xo
Oh and yes I do believe the grounding patch has helped, I will continue to wear it for the remainder of the evening. Feel free to email me if you are curious about how it progressed 🙂 .