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Strep Throat: Diagnosis and Treatment

Strep throat is a common affliction among schoolchildren, but anyone can get it. Strep throat is a bacterial infection that affects the throat and tonsils. The group A Streptococcus bacteria is the main cause of strep throat. If left untreated, it can cause severe complications.

Strep Throat Symptoms

Strep throat symptoms come on suddenly. They include:

  • Headache or body aches
  • High fever
  • Pain when swallowing
  • Red and swollen tonsils: The tonsils may have white patches or streaks.
  • Sudden and severe throat pain
  • Swollen lymph nodes in the neck

Strep Throat Causes

Strep throat is caused by a bacteria called group A Streptococcus. It is highly contagious and spreads through droplets when people sneeze or cough. It can also be transmitted when people share food and drinks or touch a contaminated surface.

Diagnosing Strep Throat

Doctors typically examine the throat and neck when diagnosing strep throat. If they suspect strep throat, they will do a rapid antigen detection test or take a throat culture. Rapid tests usually provide results within minutes, while cultures may take days. If the test comes back positive, the patient has group A strep.

Treating Strep Throat

The recommended treatment for strep throat is a course of antibiotics. Antibiotics help reduce the duration and severity of symptoms. It may also help prevent complications and minimize the risk of spreading the infection. Patients must complete the antibiotics course to ensure the bacteria is eliminated. During the healing process, mild painkillers can help alleviate throat pain.

Preventing Strep Throat

Prevention methods for strep throat include:

  • Avoiding those who are sick
  • Covering the mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing
  • Not sharing food, drinks, or personal items
  • Regular hand washing with soap and lukewarm water

Visit Legacy ER & Urgent Care for Strep Throat Treatment

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Legacy ER & Urgent Care has six convenient locations in the DFW area:

  • Allen – Legacy ER & Urgent Care is located at 1310 W. Exchange Pkwy Allen, TX 75013, and may be reached at 972-526-5819.
  • Coppell – Legacy ER & Urgent Care is located at 330 S Denton Tap Rd Coppell, TX 75019 and may be reached at 469-702-9917.
  • Frisco East – Legacy ER & Urgent Care is located at 16151 Eldorado Pkwy Frisco, TX 75035 and may be reached at 972-526-7009.
  • Frisco West – Legacy ER & Urgent Care is located at 9205 Legacy Dr. Frisco, TX 75033, and may be reached at 972-526-7020.
  • McKinney – Legacy ER & Urgent Care is located at 2810 Hardin Blvd McKinney, TX 75072 and may be reached at 972-573-6688.
  • North Richland Hills – Legacy ER & Urgent Care is located at 8950 N. Tarrant Pkwy North Richland Hills, TX 76182, and may be reached at 817-663-1247