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If you have a viral infection, you will be contagious until your fever runs its course. If you have strep throat, you may be contagious from the onset until you've spent 24 hours on antibiotics. The common cold usually lasts less than 10 days. Symptoms, including fever, may peak around three to five days
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5a. Only 30 per cent of sore throats are due to a bacteria, which means only 30 per cent should be treated with an antibiotic.
Treat a sore throat with antibiotics and it will be better in a week. Do nothing and it will be gone in seven days.
The treatment of sore throat is one such area where rational use of antibiotics can be slowly promoted.
The treatment of sorethroat with antibiotics have lead to the rise of drug resistant bacteria.
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Antibiotics are not needed to treat most sore throats, which usually improve on their own within 1–2 weeks. Antibiotics will not help if a sore throat is caused by a virus or irritation from the air. Antibiotic treatment in these cases may cause harm in both children and adults.

Antibiotics are needed if diagnosed with strep throat, which is caused by bacteria.

Antibiotics are prescribed for strep throat to prevent rheumatic fever. If diagnosed with strep throat, an infected patient should stay home from work, school, or day care until 24 hours after starting an antibiotic.
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