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Strep Throat

West Sacramento Urgent Care

Urgent Care & Aesthetics located in West Sacramento, CA

A painful sore throat is a common sign of strep throat. West Sacramento Urgent Care, Ziad A. Ali, MD, offers prompt diagnosis of strep throat with an onsite lab and antibiotics to treat the bacterial infection behind strep throat. If you or a loved one is suffering from the symptoms of strep throat, call the West Sacramento, California, practice today or schedule a consultation online.

Strep Throat Q & A

What is strep throat?

Strep throat is a highly contagious bacterial infection. It causes a scratchy, painful throat that comes on quickly. It is most common in children but affects people of all ages. It tends to occur most often in the winter and spring.

Strep throat is caused by streptococcal bacteria. This bacteria lingers on doorknobs and other surfaces — one of the reasons why strep is so readily spread. You can get strep by touching an infected object and then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes. 

Strep also is spread through the air when an infected person sneezes or coughs or by sharing food or drinks with someone with strep. 

How can I avoid getting strep throat?

Good hygiene habits may help you avoid getting strep throat. For example, make sure to:

  • Wash your hands often
  • Cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough
  • Avoid sharing personal items, like drinking glasses or utensils

If you suspect you or a loved one has strep, it’s best to contact West Sacramento Urgent Care. Untreated, strep throat may lead to complications, such as rheumatic fever or kidney inflammation. 

How can I tell if I have strep throat?

Strep produces more than just a sore throat. Other symptoms include:

  • Swollen or red tonsils
  • White patches on tonsils
  • Pain while swallowing
  • Headache
  • Small red spots on the back of the roof of your mouth  
  • Swollen, sore lymph nodes
  • Fever
  • Rash
  • Body aches

Children with strep throat also may vomit or feel nauseous.

How is strep throat diagnosed?

Your provider at West Sacramento Urgent Care looks inside your throat for signs of strep. They may recommend a throat culture to confirm your diagnosis. 

The culture involves brushing a sterile swab along your tonsils and throat. West Sacramento Urgent Care provides a lab onsite to ensure you're diagnosed as quickly as possible. 

What treatments are available for strep throat?

Most strep infections are treated with antibiotics, usually amoxicillin or penicillin. Over-the-counter pain relievers, including ibuprofen or acetaminophen, may help alleviate throat pain and reduce fever.

If you suspect you have strep throat, there's typically no wait at West Sacramento Urgent Care, so you can be diagnosed and treated quickly. Call today or schedule a consultation online.