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Strep Throat: Good News for Parents, Bad News for Students10-15-15

A recent study released in August and published in the Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal indicated that children treated with amoxicillin for strep throat may return to school the next day without putting other children at risk for contracting the illness.

Current recommendations from most doctors and public health officials stipulate that children should not return to school for at least 24 hours after beginning antibiotic therapy. This new study conducted in a pediatric practice in Virginia showed that almost all patients had an undetectable amount of group A streptococci the following morning after being treated for strep throat.

The study authors concluded that all children treated with amoxicillin by 5 pm can, if without fever and overall improved, be permitted to attend school on the next day. The study did not address whether the standard full 10 days of therapy are still required.

For now patients should still complete the full course of their antibiotics even when they feel clinically well in order to avoid the risk of a recurrence of their strep throat.