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As an urgent care clinic in Downingtown PA we see a variety of different illnesses and conditions that require treatment. Often these can come in the form of sore throats.
Sometimes it can be difficult to know the difference between a sore throat and something more serious, which is why here at AFC Urgent Care Downingtown, we are there to help.
If you or a member of your family is unwell with a sore throat we can offer you a convenient walk-in medical care solution when you need it. No appointment is ever needed to see one of our highly-experienced physicians. Don’t worry about suspecting if sore throat could be something more serious and get answers today.
We strive to provide not only accurate, but also a swift diagnosis to your symptoms and give you the treatment, or advice to make sure you feel better. Instead of waiting days for your primary care physician to be available or the long waits in an emergency room, chose AFC Urgent Care Downingtown to get immediate answers quickly and at an affordable price.
We see a number of patients who are suffering with a sore throat, so we have put together some of the most common questions that are asked of us about sore throats.
If you have a sore throat it can be rather uncomfortable. It feels as if your throat is irritated and scratchy. However, a sore throat should be better within a few days, without the need for any additional treatment.
In comparison, strep throat is caused by a bacterium which is growing in your nasal canals and throat. It is incredibly painful and can often leave you unable to go about your usual daily activities. It can cause you to be unable to eat or drink and even water or soft foods can be difficult to swallow.
While a sore throat is often something you have alone, or alongside a cold, there are a particular set of symptoms that can hint towards a case of strep throat. High fever, swollen lymph nodes and red or white tonsils are all common symptoms that indicate you are suffering with strep throat.
Once diagnosed, strep throat can be easily treated. However, the diagnosis is the key here. It is important that you are tested for a strep throat as the treatment is with antibiotics, something that is not necessary if strep throat is not present. We are very mindful about over prescribing antibiotics, so we will only give them to you if you test positive for strep throat.
This is a simple test, which will have your diagnosis quickly and efficiently. Our rapid strep throat test is conducted in our state of the art onsite lab. The results of this test are generally produced within 15 minutes meaning you’ll have your answers in a single visit to our medical clinic.
Think you may have strep throat? Why not pay AFC Urgent Care Downingtown a visit? No appointment is ever needed to see our team of medical experts who are ready to assess your needs and give you a diagnosis. We are there to ensure that no matter the illness you are suffering with, you are given the right treatment and you are soon back on your feet!
We can (administer a) test for strep throat at our location if our provider feels that you are showing the symptoms of strep and you’ll have your results before your leave
Our doctors will not prescribe antibiotics unless there is a confirmed case of strep throat. The over prescription of antibiotics has led to resistant strains of strep throat, and all doctors are doing their part to reduce this problem.