Strep throat is generally treated with antibiotics but what if antibiotics don’t work? It is strongly discouraged to continue antibiotics treatment when it doesn’t work. So what to do then?
Strep throat or streptococcal pharyngitis is caused by a group A streptococcus bacterium. The most common symptoms are a sore throat and fever.
Preferred choice of antibiotics are penicillin V in the United States and Amoxicillin in Europe. In general these are still effective. Resistance is reported to azithromycin and related antibiotics.
Most sore throats are caused by viruses instead of (strep) bacteria. Sore throats should only be treated with antibiotics if the strep test is positive.
What If Antibiotics Don’t Work For Strep Throat
Medicinal manuka honey may very well be the next best option in case antibiotics don’t work. Laboratory studies have demonstrated active manuka to be able to cure antibiotic resistant infections such as MRSA and VRE. Such studies have also shown manuka honey to be effective against the streptococcus bacterium.
Since strep throat treatment with manuka honey will be topical, unlike antibiotics treatment which is systemic, it would be necessary to expose the nose and throat area to the honey as much as possible ( the strep throat causing bacteria are mostly located in the nose and throat).
Probably the best treatment would be to take tablespoons of manuka honey regularly and keep them as long as possible in the mouth. In order to reach the nose a spraying device as used in hospitals to administer antibiotics and honey into the sinus cavities can be used.
(Always seek professional medical advice in case the strep throat doesn’t get better. This information does not replace the advice of a qualified health care professional.)
The recommended, therapeutical, strength will be between 12 and 18 UMF, Molan Gold, or a comparable MGO strength.
Manuka honey also seems to cure throat congestion and other symptoms caused by bacterial infections. Sometimes, supposed allergies turn out to be bacterial infections which may be cured with manuka honey.