Strep Throat AKA “Streptococcal pharyngitis”
What is strep throat?
Strep throat occurs when your throat and tonsils become inflamed or swollen due to an infection with streptococcal bacteria. There are various types of streptococcal bacteria which range in severity. Many people confuse strep throat with a sore throat; however, strep throat is a bacterial infection while a sore throat is simply a symptom caused by a virus or bacteria.
Why do I get strep throat?
Strep throat is contagious - the streptococcal bacteria can easily spread to people around you. When someone is infected, they can spread the bacteria through coughing, sneezing, or sharing beverages and food. They can live on everyday surfaces like doorknobs, work spaces and more.
What are the symptoms of strep throat?
Symptoms of strep throat may be similar to symptoms of a sore throat from viral causes. With strep, however, it’s unlikely you will experience a runny nose or cough. If you have strep throat, some of the symptoms you may experience include:
Sudden severe sore throat typically causing pain with swallowing
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Swollen red tonsils with possibly white patchy areas
How can I treat strep throat?
Your doctor will determine if you have strep throat by performing a strep test by swabbing your throat. If the strep test is positive, you will be prescribed antibiotics. The antibiotics should help you start feeling better within a couple of days; however, it is important that you finish the entire prescription of antibiotics.
When should I see the doctor for a possible strep throat?
Whenever you have questions about your medical condition, we recommend that you visit a doctor. For strep throat, it’s especially important to visit a doctor as soon as possible as the strep bacteria can result in infection elsewhere in the body.
Need to visit a doctor to get checked out for strep throat? We have medical staff at our centers in Austin, Dallas, and Houston, Texas and Chicago, Illinois to treat you for strep throat.