How Do You Know If You Have Strep Throat or a Sore Throat?

Your child wakes up with a sore throat…and you immediately wonder whether it could be strep throat. We’ve all been there!

That’s why our team at AFC Urgent Care Centennial wants to offer some insight into the condition.

What Is the First Sign of Strep Throat?

Pain associated with strep throat usually comes on quickly. In addition to throat pain, other symptoms of strep throat include painful swallowing, swollen tonsils (that can also be red) and a fever.

If you develop any of these symptoms, it’s important to seek medical attention for a diagnosis and treatment plan.

Treatment for Strep Throat

  • Take an antibiotic, if prescribed.
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Stay away from things that could irritate your throat.
  • Use a humidifier.
  • Gargle with warm salt water.
  • Drink plenty of fluids, especially water.

When Should You Go to Urgent Care for a Sore Throat?

Since a sore throat could not only be a sign of strep throat but also other medical conditions like the flu, it is important to seek medical care if your throat pain is accompanied by other symptoms, such as a fever, hoarseness and flu-like symptoms.

There are also steps you can take to limit your risk of illness and sore throat in the first place.

Prevention of Sore Throat

  • Wash hands frequently.
  • Avoid spicy foods.
  • Stay away from smoke.
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Get plenty of sleep.
  • Exercise regularly.

Do you think it might be strep? Visit AFC Urgent Care Centennial today for a medical evaluation to get to feeling as good as new!


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