Strep & Sore Throat Treatment
A sore throat can be a symptom of many different illnesses from COVID-19 and sinus infections to strep throat and influenza. If you have a scratchy or sore throat that lasts more than a day, or a fever with a sore throat, you may need medical testing and treatment. At Beverly Hills Concierge Doctor, we provide diagnosis for throat conditions as well as strep and sore throat treatment at our urgent care center in Los Angeles, CA.
Sore throats are common, and most do not require medical treatment. Colds, influenza, allergies and many bacterial or viral infections can result in a sore throat. Once the underlying condition improves, the sore throat will usually go away. There are also other factors that can result in a sore throat, including strain on the vocal cords or exposure to fumes or smoke. Home remedies including rest, fluids, throat lozenges, salt water gargles and warm beverages can provide relief. If a sore throat continues for more than a week or you have symptoms of strep throat, you should see a doctor.
Symptoms of Strep Throat
Strep throat is a bacterial infection that can cause a sore throat. Only a small percentage of sore throats are caused by strep infections, but this illness can lead to health complications. Strep throat is contagious, often spreading from droplets of the bacteria released into the air when infected individuals cough or sneeze. Symptoms of strep throat include:
- Sore, scratchy throat
- Swollen lymph nodes in the neck
- Swollen, red tonsils
- Swallowing is painful
- Headache and body aches
- Red dots on the roof of the mouth
- Nausea or vomiting
Strep throat can cause complications such as scarlet fever, rheumatic fever and kidney inflammation. Diagnostic testing is needed to confirm a strep throat case. Treatment includes antibiotics that can help overcome the infection and reduce the risk of the infection spreading to other areas in the body.
If you have symptoms of strep throat or a sore throat that is not going away, come see us at Beverly Hills Concierge Doctor. We offer diagnosis and treatment for strep and sore throats at our urgent care center. Contact our clinic in Los Angeles, CA, for a same day appointment.