Strep throat brings a sore, scratchy throat and affects about 3 million people in the United States every year. To find relief from the discomfort and recover more quickly from strep throat, visit Brandon Riverview Medical Associates in Brandon and Riverview, Florida. The team offers on-site testing and treatment for strep throat so you can recover as quickly as possible. Set up an appointment today by calling one of the offices or using the online tool.
Strep throat causes about one-third of all sore throats. It is spread through close contact with someone who has strep throat and who coughs or sneezes and releases infected water droplets into the air.
It’s most common in children and teens, though adults can get it, too.
Strep throat symptoms tend to begin quickly with a sore, raw, and scratchy throat that makes swallowing painful. Other symptoms of strep throat include:
The common cold can also cause a sore throat, but it’s often accompanied by a runny nose. This is one way the Brandon Riverview Medical Associates team differentiates between the two illnesses to determine your diagnosis.
Strep throat is caused by bacteria called group A streptococcus or Streptococcus pyogenes. The bacteria normally live in the lining of your nose and throat but cause an infection when your immune system is weakened. It’s important to know the cause of your sore throat in order to get the right type of treatment.
In order to diagnose the cause of your sore throat, your Brandon Riverview Medical Associates provider performs a thorough visual exam of the inside of your mouth and throat to look for the characteristic white patches at the back of your throat. Your provider then uses a long cotton swab to collect a tissue sample from the back of your throat.
The tissue sample is tested for signs of the strep bacteria. This is called a rapid strep test and can be done on-site in less than 20 minutes. A similar test called a throat culture, can also be performed, although it takes two days to get the results.
Once you’re diagnosed with strep throat, your provider prescribes antibiotics to kill the bacteria causing your infection. You must take your antibiotics as recommended to fully recover from the illness, which takes several days. You may find that eating soft foods and drinking cold liquids soothes your sore throat until you’re feeling better.
If you suspect strep throat, set up an appointment online or call Brandon Riverview Medical Associates to come in for testing and treatment.