There are more than three million cases of strep throat a year in the United States. Though it’s a relatively common illness, strep throat should not be taken lightly. Ahmad Alabbas, MD at All Patients Urgent Care in Novi, Michigan, works to quickly address strep throat symptoms in people of all ages through comprehensive and expert treatment. Don’t let your symptoms spread to others. Get in touch with the office today by phone or online to book an appointment.
Strep throat refers to a bacterial infection that leads to pain and inflammation in the throat. The infection itself comes from group A Streptococcus bacteria and is most often found in children and teenagers, though adults can have it too. Strep throat is contagious and can spread from one person to the other through sneezes and coughs.
Strep throat has many symptoms, though the first one to keep an eye out for is a sore throat. You’ll feel pain when you swallow and talk. While this might not be exclusively a sign of strep throat, it can give you an indication that you need medical attention. Other symptoms include:
These symptoms also can be indicative of a more general viral infection or a different disease. To identify strep throat, Dr. Alabbas performs a diagnostic test.
During your appointment, he’ll do a rapid antigen test, which involves taking a swab sample from your throat. The test screens for the strep bacteria in your throat, and you should have results within minutes.
The primary cause of strep is Streptococcus pyogenes, or group A streptococcus. This bacteria can be found anywhere in the outside world and is extremely contagious. It travels through airborne droplets in people’s sneezes and coughs, shared foods and drinks, and sticks to surfaces—like doorknobs—before entering your eyes, mouth, or nose.
If your test results have come back positive for strep throat, Dr. Alabbas recommends an oral antibiotic to alleviate your symptoms. If you’ve caught the infection early on, antibiotics should have a powerful effect within 48 hours.
Dr. Alabbas might also recommend over-the-counter pain relievers to address the symptoms you're exhibiting, such as ibuprofen or throat lozenges.
Strep throat can be painful, dangerous, and debilitating. Don’t let it get to that. Call the professionals at All Patients Urgent Care or go online to schedule an appointment today.