Dry, scratchy throat. Could it be Strep?

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Understanding a Sore Throat

A sore throat is a symptom that can indicate a range of illnesses and conditions. Knowing the cause of the irritation can help with determining the best options for treatment and help you feel better sooner.

Common Causes of Sore Throat

Most sore throats occur with the onset of an upper respiratory infection, like a cold or the flu. But sometimes the culprit is strep throat, a bacterial infection that can be diagnosed by a rapid test or throat culture. Common causes include:

  • Viral Infections, like cold, flu, or COVID-19
  • Bacterial Infections like strep throat
  • Allergies
  • Irritants in the atmosphere
  • Vocal strain

Common Symptoms of Sore Throat

Common symptoms can include:

  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Throat pain
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Swollen tonsils
  • Pain in the back of your throat

Common Symptoms of Strep Throat

Strep throat is caused by bacteria (streptococcus A). It is most common in children 5-15 years old, though anyone can get it. In addition to the above, other symptoms may include:

  • Red or white spots in the back of your throat
  • High fever
  • Headache
  • Runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting

Diagnosis and Treatment Options

Throat pain is an indication that something is going on in your body. Understanding the reason for the sore throat is important.

For strep throat, your clinician may prescribe antibiotics. If so, be sure to complete the entire prescription. You may actually feel better before the bacteria have been completely wiped away, and completing the prescription will help to ensure this is not the case. Prognify Urgent Care takes great care in prescribing antibiotics and will generally only do so if you have a positive strep test result.

Get treated for Strep Throat

If you or your child is suffering from any symptoms that indicate strep, it’s important to see a medical provider. Untreated strep throat can cause serious complications such as kidney inflammation and rheumatic fever.

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