Sore Throat: A Sure Sign of Strep?

Dr. Steve Salvatore October 10, 2017

Just because you have a nasty sore throat, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have Strep Throat.  Ask yourself this: Do you have signs of Strep Throat along with your sore throat?

Are you coughing, sneezing, have watery eyes, and a runny or stuffy nose?  Then you probably don’t have Strep, more than likely you’re just dealing with a cold virus.

If, however, you develop a sudden painful and inflamed throat along with other telltale signs of Strep throat you may indeed have Strep.  Signs of Strep Throat include:

  • Painful swallowing.
  • Fever over 101°F (38.3°C).
  • Swollen tonsils and lymph nodes.
  • White or yellow spots on the back of a bright red throat.
  • Sometimes, headache or nausea or both

If you have these signs of Strep throat you should seek out immediate medical care.

When you visit the doctor, they will probably perform a Rapid Strep test and/or take a throat culture for lab analysis. If the rapid test is positive, a throat culture won’t be needed.  In that case, the doctor will usually prescribe antibiotics which will shorten the duration of your illness and help prevent you from contaminating others.

Another benefit of antibiotic treatment is that it can prevent Strep from infecting other parts of the body such as heart, kidneys, and skin. So, what’s the best course of action if you have signs of Strep Throat?  Get immediate medical care or just walk-in to a location nearest to you.

If you can’t see your PCP, just come into STAT Health.  We can offer a rapid Strep Test right on the spot, prescribe antibiotics, and help you get right on the road to recovery.  STAT!