How Do I Know if I Have Strep Throat?

August 29, 2022

Strep throat is an infection that occurs in the throat and tonsils. It’s caused by bacteria that can be treated with antibiotics. Strep throat is common in children, as they’re consistently in close quarters with other children. However, adults can also get strep throat, and the symptoms are uncomfortable for everyone.

AFC Urgent Care Castle Rock provides testing and treatment for strep throat. Our center is ready to treat patients seven days a week, so when you feel the symptoms, we’re there for you. Don’t suffer while you wait for an appointment with your primary care physician. Visit AFC Urgent Care Castle Rock today.


How do you get strep throat?

Strep throat is caused by a bacteria called streptococcus. It lives in the nose and mouth of infected people and is spread by this person talking, sneezing, or coughing near others. Respiratory droplets are then inhaled by others, and they become infected with strep.

Someone who is exposed to the strep bacteria typically begins showing symptoms within two to five days. Some people who are infected with strep may not show symptoms at all, however, those who are experiencing symptoms are more likely to spread the disease.


Common signs and symptoms of strep

Strep throat is a relatively mild condition, it doesn’t cause serious symptoms or hospitalizations. However, the symptoms can be pretty painful. Most patients want relief as quickly as possible when they’re suffering from strep throat. The most common symptoms of strep throat include:

  • Sore throat that can be painful and start quickly
  • Pain while swallowing
  • Fever
  • Red and swollen tonsils, sometimes with red spots or streaks

Headache and nausea are common in children, and they may also experience a rash. If you or your child are experiencing a cough, runny nose, or symptoms of pink eye, you may have a virus or the flu.


Who is considered high-risk?

Strep throat is the most common for children aged 5 to 15. It is rare for children under three to get it. Parents of school-age children or adults who work with children are also at the highest risk of getting strep throat. Additionally, strep throat is considered contagious. If one person in your household gets it, it’s likely for everyone else to get it soon after.


How is strep throat treated?

Strep throat is tested at AFC Castle Rock. Rapid test results are available within fifteen minutes, and cultures can be conducted to have accurate results in a few days. Antibiotics are then prescribed if either test comes back positive. Patients typically report feeling better after one to two days of being on antibiotics. Some medical providers may also prescribe a steroid to help with swelling and pain.

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