Strep throat is a bacterial infection that causes a sore throat and fever. Though a mild infection, you need antibiotics when you have strep throat. At United Physician Group, the experts diagnose and treat strep throat at their offices in Piedmont, Columbia, Myrtle Beach, and Spartanburg, South Carolina, and Douglasville, Conyers, and Hampton, Georgia. Call the office nearest you today or schedule an appointment online to learn if your sore throat is strep throat.
Strep throat is caused by group A Streptococcus (group A strep). It’s a bacteria that lives in the nose, throat, and skin. It’s possible to have group A strep and not get sick.
The bacteria spread from person to person through respiratory droplets when someone with an active infection talks, coughs, or sneezes. You can also spread group A strep from direct contact with an infected wound on the skin.
You usually show strep throat symptoms two to five days after contact with the bacteria. However, not everyone with strep throat develops symptoms.
Strep throat symptoms vary from mild to severe. The common symptoms include:
Some strains of group A strep can cause a sandpaperlike rash that starts on the neck and chest and spreads to the rest of the body.
Anyone can get strep throat, but it’s more common in children. If you or your child have a sore throat with a fever, schedule an appointment at United Physician Group. The multispecialty practice offers same-day sick visits and acute illness care.
Your United Physician Group provider determines what testing you need after they review your symptoms. If they suspect you have strep throat, they’ll likely do a rapid strep test.
They collect saliva samples from the back of your throat and run a quick test to check for strep bacteria. If you test positive, you have strep throat. If your rapid test comes back negative, your provider will send a throat culture to their on-site lab.
Results from a strep throat culture take a few days, but the results are accurate.
Antibiotics are the treatment for strep throat. United Physician Group can prescribe penicillin or amoxicillin to clear up your infection. You should start to feel better within a day or two. But you must continue taking the medication as prescribed to ensure a full recovery and prevent reinfection.
A sore throat is usually caused by a virus, not bacteria. But if you have a fever and a sore throat, call United Physician Group today or schedule an appointment online to find out if you have strep throat.