What are benefits of early treatment of pediatric pharyngitis?

Updated: Dec 11, 2018
  • Author: Harold K Simon, MD, MBA; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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Benefits of early treatment include the following:

  • Therapy within 48 hours of symptom appearance appears to shorten the duration of symptoms

  • Early therapy limits spread to other children

  • Early therapy allows the patient and family to return to their usual routine sooner; because more than 80% of patients have culture-negative results after 24 hours of therapy, the child should remain out of school or daycare for 24 hours after starting therapy; they must also be fever free before returning

  • Early therapy limits losses to follow-up


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