Strep and mono are both infectious illnesses. However, they occur for different reasons. Strep throat is a bacterial infection, so treatment may involve a course of antibiotics. Mono is a viral infection, so antibiotics will not cure it.
This article discusses strep and mono coinfection treatment, including how quickly it can work and tips for recovery.
In contrast, mononucleosis (mono) is a viral infection. It
It is possible for a person to get both mono and strep throat around the same time, or they may develop strep throat secondary to mono.
Below are the standard treatments for mono and strep throat.
- shorten the course of strep throat
- reduce symptoms
- help prevent the bacteria from spreading to others
- help prevent serious complications, such as rheumatic fever
However, if a person contracts strep throat and does not have symptoms, they typically will not need antibiotics.
Antibiotics will not help with mono. If a person has both mono and strep throat, antibiotics will ease the strep throat.
There is no prescription medication that can cure mono. The illness typically gets better on its own. In the meantime, treatments to ease symptoms
- drinking fluids
- over-the-counter medications for pain and fever, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
People should avoid contact sports until they recover fully from mono, as the infection can sometimes cause spleen enlargement. This increases the risk of a rupture if a person receives a blow to the abdomen.
Most courses of antibiotics for strep throat last
If a person’s symptoms do not start reducing after 48 hours, the person should contact a doctor.
If antibiotics do not work, there are a few potential explanations.
Firstly, a person may need a different type of antibiotic. There are
Another reason antibiotics may not work is if a person only has mono. Mono can cause a sore throat, fever, and other symptoms that are similar to a throat infection. If a virus such as EBV is the cause, antibiotics will not treat it.
It is also possible that something else is responsible for the throat symptoms. A
If strep throat-like symptoms persist, a doctor may run additional tests to determine the cause.
Below are some tips for recovery:
- rest as much as possible
- drink plenty of fluids, especially those that are warm
- eat a
nutritious diet, wherever possible
- if eating solid food is painful, try soups, smoothies, or soft food
- suck on ice chips or popsicles
- try a cool mist vaporizer or humidifier
- try throat lozenges
- gargle with salt water
Do not give throat lozenges to children
Strep and mono coinfection treatment may include antibiotics for strep throat. However, antibiotics will not help with mono. Instead, doctors advise getting plenty of rest and fluids until the virus clears on its own.
Antibiotic treatment for strep throat typically lasts
Recovery from mono can take longer than recovery from strep. Mono can also cause a sore throat and swollen glands, which may seem similar to strep throat. If prescribed antibiotics do not work, a person should speak with a doctor about their options.