Strep Throat Specialist

PrimeMD

Primary Care Practice & Pain Management located in Lancaster, Lancaster, OH & Westerville, OH

Not all sore throats come from strep throat, but you want to catch the infection early to avoid spreading it to other people or other parts of your body. PrimeMD, which has locations in North Columbus, Newark, Lancaster, Westerville, Kenton, Marion, Wilmington, Dublin, and New Albany, Ohio, offers rapid strep tests with same-day results and can treat your infection. Call the nearest office to schedule an appointment or book your visit online today. 

Strep Throat Q & A

What is strep throat?

Strep throat is a relatively common infection resulting in throat soreness and inflammation. Unlike other throat infections, which are viral, strep throat comes from group A streptococcus bacteria. It’s especially common in children and young adolescents, but since it’s contagious and spreads through sneezing and coughing, anyone can get it. 

Complications can occur if you don’t treat strep throat. Like other infections, strep can spread into other parts of your body. You can develop abscesses in the tonsils, an ear infection, or a sinus infection. 

How can I tell if I have strep throat?

The primary symptom of strep throat is a sore throat. It usually sets in quickly and can come with other symptoms, too, like painful swallowing, a fever, and swollen tonsils. Coughing and sneezing are not associated with strep throat and typically indicate a viral cause of a sore throat rather than a bacterial one like strep. 

In order to find out for certain that you have strep throat, PrimeMD uses a rapid strep test. The test involves a throat swab and shows results within minutes of you taking the test. That way, the team can diagnose and treat you within the same appointment, and you don’t have to wait hours or days to find out if you have strep throat.

The team at PrimeMD might take two throat swabs during your rapid strep test. They use the first swab for the test and reserve the second for a throat culture, if the strep test is negative.

What are the common treatments for strep throat?

Since strep throat is a bacterial infection, antibiotics can treat it. Just like with any course of antibiotics, you must finish the entire course in order for them to be effective. You should do so even if your symptoms clear up before you take all the medication.

Antibiotics clear your infection but don’t necessarily manage your symptoms in the meantime. You can relieve your throat soreness at home by taking these steps:

  • Sipping warm liquids, like tea or soup
  • Using a humidifier
  • Using throat lozenges
  • Taking over-the-counter pain relievers
  • Gargling saltwater

Until you’ve taken antibiotics for at least 12 hours or no longer have a fever, you should stay away from others to avoid spreading a strep throat infection. 

If someone in your close circle has strep throat, you can stop yourself from getting it by avoiding sharing drinks and personal items, washing your hands often, and carrying hand sanitizer with you. 

If you have concerns about a sore throat and would like to get a rapid test for strep throat, call the nearest PrimeMD office or schedule a visit online today.