Strep Throat

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Strep Throat services offered in View Park, CA

When your throat feels raw and painful, it can be a warning sign of a strep throat. To prevent the spread of a strep infection to others, you can get tested at Weekend Urgent Care. Amos Ladouceur, MD, and the team provide on-site strep testing to confirm an active infection. The providers also prescribe antibiotics and can recommend other treatment strategies to clear your infection and ease your throat pain. Call the View Park, California, office to schedule a diagnostic evaluation for strep throat symptoms or book an appointment online today. 

Strep Throat Q&A

What is strep throat?

Strep throat is a bacterial infection that settles in the tissues of your throat, causing soreness, swallowing difficulties, and other bothersome symptoms.

Streptococcal bacteria cause a strep throat infection. The infection is highly contagious and can spread from person to person through respiratory droplets the body produces when you cough or sneeze. You can also get strep throat by touching contaminated objects and then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.

Weekend Urgent Care offers on-site strep tests to confirm an infection. They also create a treatment plan to ease your symptoms and prevent the spread of infection to other areas of your body.

When should I seek medical care for strep throat?

You should schedule a diagnostic evaluation at Weekend Urgent Care if you have symptoms of strep throat such as:

  • Fever
  • Swollen tonsils
  • Swollen glands
  • Persistent sore throat
  • Trouble swallowing

Strep throat can also cause white or red patches to form at the back of your throat.

Weekend Urgent Care offers rapid antigen tests to check for substances in the throat that a strep infection can cause. Test results are available in minutes. If your test is negative, the providers may recommend a throat culture.

During a throat culture, your provider uses a long cotton swab to collect a sample of fluids from the back of your throat. The sample goes to a certified medical lab, and you get your test results the next day.

Based on your testing results and the severity of your symptoms, the Weekend Urgent Care providers customize a care plan to ease your symptoms, so you can feel better.

How is strep throat treated?

Your treatment plan for strep throat may include antibiotics to clear the infection and prevent it from spreading. Typically, symptoms begin to resolve within 48 hours of starting the medications.

The Weekend Urgent Care providers can recommend over-the-counter medications to relieve throat pain, so you can swallow liquids and food without discomfort. Rest also helps your body fight off the infection.  

You or your child may need to miss work, school, and other social activities for a few days to prevent the spread of strep throat to others. Your provider lets you know how long you’re considered contagious, so you can take the necessary precautions.

Call Weekend Urgent Care to schedule a diagnostic evaluation for symptoms of strep throat, or book a consultation online today.