Strep throat is a bacterial infection caused by the Streptococcus bacteria. While it is possible for mild cases of strep throat to go away on their own, it is not recommended to wait for the infection to resolve on its own.
Untreated strep throat can lead to complications such as rheumatic fever and kidney damage. Antibiotics are usually prescribed to treat strep throat and prevent these complications. Additionally, antibiotics can help to reduce the duration and severity of symptoms and decrease the risk of spreading the infection to others.
If you suspect that you or someone you know may have strep throat, it is important to see a healthcare provider for proper diagnosis and treatment.