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What throat disorders can antibiotics treat?

Antibiotics kill bacteria. The only throat disorders they treat are bacterial infections. Penicillin and amoxicillin are the most frequently prescribed antibiotics for this purpose. They are usually taken orally, but can also be administered via injection. Usually alternative drugs are available if you're allergic to certain antibiotics. Treatment can be effective fairly quickly,  but you must take the antibiotics for the full amount of time they were prescribed.

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