During the fall and winter months, many people confuse strep throat with the flu and common cold. As we’ll see in this blog, strep throat has its own unique symptoms. But first, let’s define what strep throat actually is.
Strep Throat 101
Strep throat is a contagious infection that affects the inner mouth and upper throat, most notably the pharynx and the larynx. Nearly half of all sore throats in children are caused by strep throat, and it’s also the primary factor behind roughly 10% of sore throats in adults.
Diagnosis and treatment is fairly straightforward, and given the right dose of medication – more on that in a bit – strep throat should only hang around for a couple of days.
Signs & Symptoms
Strep throat varies slightly among different people. Young children and the elderly are impacted more than healthy adults, but there are a group of symptoms that strep throat is commonly associated with. In no particular order, they are:
- Trouble swallowing
- Throat pain (can be mild to severe)
- Mild fever
- Small red dots on soft palate (toward the back of the mouth)
- Swollen lymph glands and / or swollen tonsils
- Stomach pain / vomiting
If you’re diagnosed with strep throat, your doctor will likely put you on antibiotics. The antibiotics will help with the symptoms of strep throat, and also lessen the possibility that other complications will arise. With quick action and antibiotics, you’ll reduce strep throat’s duration by about one day. Normal strep throat lasts 3-5 days.
If you think you may have strep throat, the Urgent Care Extra clinic can help. Our doctors and team of medical professionals can confirm your condition, and also get you on the road to recovery. Along with antibiotics and other treatments, UCE also offers outstanding preventative care as well.
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