Strep Throat

Sore Throat & Strep Throat

Diagnosing if throat soreness is an indication of simple sore throat or a strep throat is a procedure that is easily accomplished by our medical professionals at Makana North Shore Urgent Care. We have provided a brief guide to the differences in symptoms between these two very distinct conditions


Recognizing the differences between Strep and Sore Throat

Strep throat is caused by an infection of streptococcus bacteria. Strep throat spreads by having contact with an infected person's saliva or nasal secretions. Although strep throat is more common in children ages 5 to 15, it also occurs in adults. To diagnose strep throat, we can check a rapid strep test or if necessary send a throat swab to the lab for a culture.

Sore throat can be caused by viruses or bacteria. The most common cause of sore throats is viruses. Viral sore throats are often accompanied by other cold symptoms. Other causes of sore throat include smoking, pollution or irritants in the air, allergies, and dry air.


Symptoms associated with Strep throat

  • Sudden sore throat
  • Loss of appetite
  • Painful swallowing
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Red tonsils with white spots
  • Fever

  • Symptoms associated with Sore throat
    (which can commonly accompany a cold):

  • Runny nose
  • Watery eyes
  • Cough
  • Sneezing
  • A low fever (below 101 F)

  • Come in to our practice for
    fast diagnosis and treatment...

    If you or your child is suffering from any symptoms that may indicate strep, it’s important to see a medical provider. Untreated strep throat can cause serious complications such as kidney inflammation and rheumatic fever.

    If you are worried about strep throat, simply come to Makana North Shore Urgent Care. We are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and offer on-site strep testing. A provider can perform a physical exam and run a simple rapid antigen test to detect strep bacteria. He or she will swab your throat and test the swab to see if any antigens are present, with results available in just a few minutes.

    If the test is positive, we can prescribe a course of antibiotics to fight the infection. Antibiotics can lessen the severity of your symptoms, reduce the duration of the infection, and prevent spreading the illness to others. With treatment, you should start to feel better within 1-2 days and fully recover within a week or so.

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