Strep Throat

Strep Throat Treatment Question and Answers

Strep throat can be uncomfortable and sometimes even painful. Visit one of our Primary Care 360 locations today to get diagnosed and treated for your strep throat symptoms, so you do not have to live in pain much longer. For more information, call us or schedule an appointment. We have convenient locations near you in Sherwood, East End and White Hall, AR.

Strep Throat Treatment Near Me in East End AR, White Hall AR, and Sherwood AR
Strep Throat Treatment Near Me in East End AR, White Hall AR, and Sherwood AR

What causes strep throat? 

Viruses are one of the most common reason of a sore throat, this may lead to a diagnosis of strep throat. Strep throat is an infection in the throat and the tonsils which is caused by a bacteria called group A Streptococcus.

Group A strep lives in the nose and throat, and easily can spread to others. The infection can easily spread by someone coughing or sneezing, which then creates small droplets that contain the bacteria to spread.

People can easily get ill if they:

  • Breathe in these respiratory droplets
  • Touch something with the droplets on it, then proceed to touch their nose or mouth
  • Drink some the same glass or eat from the same plate as the individual that is sick
  • Touch any sores on the skin that is caused by group A streptococcus.

What are the symptoms of strep throat? 

Strep Throat is known as an infection which is caused by the bacteria streptococcus pyogenes which is commonly seen among children aged 5 to 15 years old, and usually during the colder winter months and sometimes early spring.

The common symptoms seen in individuals who have strep throat include:

  • Sore throat
  • Pus on the tonsils
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Fever
  • Swollen glands

Many often complain of a headache, stomach ache and may develop a red sandpaper looking rash on the body.

How is strep throat spread? 

With strep being so contagious, it is easy for many to become sick with strep by just being near an individual who has strep throat. Strep is spread through tiny respiratory droplets that are released when the sick individual sneezes or coughs or if you touch or put something to your nose, eyes, and mouth that may have been touched by the sick individual.

There are risk factors which may increase your risk of a strep throat infection:

  • Younge age

Strep throat occurs commonly in young children.

  • Time of year

Strep throat can occur any time of the year; however, it tends to circulate during the winter and spring months.

Where can I get treated for strep throat? 

Primary Care 360 offers 3 locations to choose from to book an appointment for your doctor examination for strep throat. We will be able to evaluate, diagnose, and often offer treatment options for you if you are showing similar signs of strep throat.

A test will be offered for strep throat cases, which a sample will be taken from the back of the throat. Two cotton-tipped swabs will be swiped over the back of the throat and tonsils, this is where the bacteria lives when you have strep throat. This does not hurt, but may feel uncomfortable and have the feeling of wanting to gag.

If a positive result comes back from your strep throat test, an antibiotic prescription will be offered as a treatment for your strep throat illness. Usually, you will start to feel better within a day or two after starting the antibiotics. Depending on each individual, some may have certain side effects from the antibiotics like diarrhea and a rash, these side effects will eventually subside once the antibiotics are finished.

It is very important to remember to continue the use of your antibiotic medication until it is finished as per your doctors’ orders for it to reach its full effect. If it is not used correctly, it can lead to some bacteria developing a resistance to the antibiotics. Resistance can then make the strep throat infection harder to treat, or not treatable at all in some cases.

Note any allergies you may have to your doctor so they can be fully aware when writing a prescription for the antibiotic medication. If you or someone you know is showing any signs or symptoms of strep throat, contact us by calling or booking an appointment online. We will evaluate and diagnose your symptoms and provide any prescriptions needed to help. We have convenient locations to better serve you in Sherwood, AR, East End, AR, and White Hall, AR. We look forward to serving you! We serve patients from Sherwood AR, Hensley AR, White Hall AR, Little Rock AR, Jacksonville AR, Maumelle AR, Cabot AR, Bryant AR, and Conway AR.

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