What is Strep
Strep throat is usually contracted from other individuals infected with Streptococcus bacteria. The infection attacks your tonsils and throat, and can be very serious if left untreated. Left unchecked, strep throat can spread in individuals with a weakened immune system – causing sinus and ear infections. In rare cases, complications can lead to rheumatic fever, which causes inflammation of the heart and blood vessels. What I am trying to say here is strep needs to be treated before things get out of hand.
Diagnosing Strep Throat
The number one indication of strep throat is white puss pockets on the throat and tonsils. These puss pockets are usually accompanied by a fever, usually above 101˚F. Other common symptoms of strep throat are listed below.
- A sudden fever
- White patches on your throat
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Difficulty swallowing
Echinacea and Goldenseal – Taken together, these herbs act as a dynamic duo to help rid harmful bacteria from your body. Echinacea stimulates the body’s production of phagocytes which fight bacterial infection and virus-infected cells. Goldenseal has strong antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties. Taken together they work to stimulate and aid the immune system. Take 1000 mg of an Echinacea/Goldenseal blend supplement 3 times daily until the sickness has subsided.