Strep Throat Treatment at Urgent Care
Strep throat is a contagious bacterial infection that affects the throat and tonsils. The bacteria also cause your throat to be sore and scratchy. This illness accounts for only a small percentage of sore throats. However, it can cause serious complications if left untreated.
Strep throat is contagious through airborne droplets, contaminated surfaces, and shared food. Typically occurring between late fall and early spring, it is most common in school-aged children and teens.
We are located in Clearwater, Florida, and we’re always accepting new patients. No appointments are necessary.
What Causes a Sore Throat?
Most sore throats (also known as pharyngitis) are caused by viruses like the common cold or flu. In these instances, sore throats usually improve on their own.
Sore throats can also be caused by a streptococcus bacterial infection. The resulting strep throat can be treated with antibiotics to prevent complications.
What are the Symptoms Strep Throat?
Strep throat tends to come on quickly and can cause some or all of the following symptoms:
- Sore, scratchy throat
- Pain when swallowing
- Red and swollen tonsils
- White patches, red dots, or pus on the back of the throat
- Swollen lymph nodes in the neck
- Body aches
When Should I Get Tested?
If your sore throat has lasted longer than a few days, visit Bayside Urgent Care Center for a rapid strep test or throat culture.
How Does the Test Work?
One of Bayside’s medical professionals will perform the rapid strep test by swabbing the back of your throat. The swab is then tested to see if the streptococcus bacteria is present. Because we use a rapid test, the results will be available while you wait.
What Is The Treatment?
If we diagnose strep throat, we will prescribe an antibiotic regimen to help your body rid itself of the bacteria. It’s important to finish your prescription, even if you start feeling better. After you’ve been medicated for 24 hours and no longer have a fever, you can return to work or school.
In addition to antibiotics, the following can also help alleviate pain and help you heal:
- Drink plenty of fluids
- Use a humidifier
- Drink herbal teas
- Get plenty of rest
- Take over-the-counter medication to reduce fever
- Gargle with warm saltwater
- Suck on throat lozenges
- Eat soft, cold foods
Does Bayside Urgent Care Accept Insurance?
Yes. We accept Medicare and most major insurance carriers. If you are underinsured, uninsured, or prefer to pay out-of-pocket, our services are reasonably priced, and we offer flexible payment plans.
Feel Better, Faster. Visit Bayside Urgent Care for A Sore Throat
Our center is located in Clearwater, Florida, conveniently situated to Largo, Belleair, Dunedin, Indian Rocks Beach, and Tampa. If you are experiencing symptoms detailed above, visit our office or call.
*Urgent care is not a substitute for emergency care. Always head to the nearest emergency room or call 911 if you are experiencing very serious or life-threatening problems. Read What is Urgent Care for more information.