Could My Sore Throat Be Strep Throat? | AFC Urgent Care | Portland

We grow up learning that sharing is caring. However, when it comes to germs, that is one thing you need to keep to yourself, especially when it comes to strep throat.

What Causes Strep Throat?

Strep throat is caused by group A streptococcus. It's an intense inflammation of the throat that occurs because of a bacterial infection.

While strep throat can occur in both adults and children, it is most commonly diagnosed among children. Because strep throat is extremely contagious, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as symptoms arise.

Symptoms of Strep Throat

  • Sudden fever (usually around 101˚F or higher)

  • Sore throat

  • Headache

  • Chills

  • Swollen lymph nodes

  • Loss of appetite

  • Trouble swallowing

How Can You Keep From Spreading Strep Throat?

Strep throat is very contagious until it is treated using an antibiotic. If you are diagnosed with strep throat, you want to make sure that you take your medication, as prescribed, and avoid others for the first two days of taking the antibiotic.

It is important to make sure that you are also washing your hands on a regular basis, as well as covering your nose and mouth when sneezing and coughing.

Home Remedies for Strep Throat

  • Consume warm liquids like hot tea.

  • Numb throat by drinking colder liquids.

  • Use a humidifier.

  • Take over-the-counter medications.

  • Using throat lozenges.

  • Gargle warm salt water.

Do you think you might have strep throat? Visit us today for a medical evaluation and treatment plan!