Experiencing a sore and scratchy throat? You might have a bacterial infection known as strep throat, also known as streptococcal pharyngitis. While strep throat is one of the most aggravating winter conditions, it doesn’t have to keep you down for long. To get fast relief, visit a walk in clinic or an urgent care clinic near you as soon as you begin having symptoms.
How does strep throat spread?
There are four main ways strep throat spreads:
- Airborne respiratory droplets such as coughs or sneezes
- Saliva exchange such as kissing or drink sharing
- Skin-to-skin or physical contact such as handshakes or hugs
How do I know if I have strep throat?
People often confuse a simple sore throat with strep throat. If a sore throat lasts longer than 48 hours or you experience a fever higher than 101 F, then it might be more than just a sore throat. Other symptoms that help you identify strep throat include:
- Chills, fatigue, fever, and/or loss of appetite
- Nausea or vomiting
- Pain in one or both ears
- Severe pain while swallowing
- Swollen lymph nodes or tonsils
How can I treat my strep throat?
Although fairly uncommon, complications of untreated strep throat can involve the heart or kidneys. Because strep throat can only be diagnosed and treated by a medical professional, it is highly recommended that you seek medical treatment. From oral antibiotics to other medication, there are several treatment options that your walk in urgent care provider can offer. First Care is a local walk in clinic that can help you recover from your strep throat quickly. Walk in our clinic the moment you begin to have symptoms, and we will get you in and out and on the road to feeling better. To conveniently serve you, we are open extended hours during the week and on the weekends. Get In. Get Out. Get Better.