We can’t do a comprehensive round up of common ‘winter illnesses’ without dedicating one post to strep throat. So here you will be able to read about symptoms and treatment for this contagious condition and find out if you should see a doctor for your ‘sore throat’.
Now we all suffer from sore throats every now and then and, because they are caused by viral infections, they disappear on their own after a few days and you don’t really need to seek medical attention. However, a sore throat can also be a symptom of something harder to get rid of: a strep throat. Strep throats are particularly common in children and teenagers. Read on to find out if you or your kids could be suffering from the infection- and if you should schedule a visit to the clinic.
Classic sore throat symptoms- runny nose, cough, hoarseness, and bloodshot eyes- are present in strep throat cases as well. But if your sore throat is actually an indication of strep throat, you will probably start developing the following symptoms after a couple of days:
• Stomach Pain
• Red/swollen tonsils
• Appetite loss
• Feeling of general discomfort/nausea
• Swollen neck glands
• Red/white patches in throat
HOW DOES STREP THROAT SPREAD
Strep throats are caused by a group of bacteria called ‘A streptococcus’ and the disease can spread from one person to another through simple things like sneezing, coughing and shaking hands. With kids, the best defense against the strep throat infection- and a whole bunch of other diseases that are common in that age group- is to ensure that they take care of their hygiene. That’s why it’s so important to teach your children about the importance of washing hands (before eating, after defecation etc) and keeping clean.
Visit your local MedHelp clinic to get you kids or yourself checked by a doctor. A ‘rapid strep test’ is usually performed for diagnosis. The test involves using a cotton swab to take fluid samples from the back of the throat. The test only takes a few minutes and, depending on the result, you’ll know if you have ‘strep throat’ during the same visit. Generally, you will get a prescription for 10-days worth of antibiotics for the infection (though sometimes an antibiotic shot may be administered to eliminate the need for oral medication).
Within a couple of days of taking your meds, the strep throat symptoms will start disappearing but you should still complete the course to make sure the infection is gone for good. Your MedHelp doctor will also advise you on the proper medical care (which usually also includes lots of rest and plenty of fluids).