Strep throat commonly occurs in children, but adults also experience the infection. It can lead to serious complications if left untreated. At National Healthcare Center in Stockbridge and Atlanta, Georgia, board-certified primary care specialists can screen for and treat strep throat to help you feel better quickly. Schedule an appointment by phone or online, or simply walk in, to find out if strep throat is the cause of your sore throat.
Strep throat is an infection that often causes your throat to feel scratchy or sore. If it’s left untreated, strep throat puts you at risk of rheumatic fever, kidney inflammation, painful joints, and heart valve damage.
If you suspect you or your child has strep throat, see the National Healthcare Center team right away for an evaluation, as strep throat is highly contagious.
If you develop strep throat, you might experience some of the following signs or symptoms:
Just because you feel sick and have a sore throat doesn’t mean you have strep throat. A strep test is the best way to know for sure and allow your urgent care specialist to properly treat your condition.
The cause of strep throat is bacteria called streptococcus pyogenes. This type of bacteria is highly contagious. It spreads through droplets in the air when an infected person sneezes, coughs, or shares drinks or utensils.
You and your children can also get strep throat by touching the same surface as an infected person and then touching your eyes, mouth, or nose.
To lower your risk of contracting strep throat, wash your hands often, avoiding sharing utensils with other people, and try not to touch your hands to your face.
The team at National Healthcare Center can diagnose strep throat after swabbing the back of your throat and tonsils with a sterile swab. A rapid antigen test takes just minutes to complete in the office.
If this test is negative but your provider still thinks you may have strep throat, they can send your sample to a lab for analysis. Results from throat cultures in a lab can take up to two days.
Based on the severity of your strep throat, your primary care specialist might recommend watchful waiting, prescription antibiotics, or using symptom-relieving medications to help you feel better while your body recovers.
Make sure to get plenty of sleep, drink a lot of water, eat soothing foods, and avoid smoke and other irritants. Try gargling warm salt water or using a humidifier to relieve a sore throat or other unpleasant symptoms.
If you suspect you or your child has strep throat, see an urgent care specialist for testing and treatment as soon as possible. Schedule an appointment by phone or online, or simply walk into National Healthcare Center today.