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Being a walk-in urgent care center in South Philly, we see a wide range of different illnesses that require medical treatment. A very common symptom that people seek treatment for is a sore throat. A sore throat is such a common symptom and it can be difficult to tell the difference between a regular sore throat and something more serious. That’s why our board-certified physicians at AFC Urgent Care South Philly are ready to help you 7 days a week with no appointment necessary.
If you or a family member feels ill with a sore throat, do not wait days or weeks for answers. Come to our walk-in medical clinic today and get answers from our highly-experienced doctors. Early diagnosis goes a long way to preventing more serious infections.
We strive to provide you with a swift and accurate diagnosis of your ailment. We will then provide you with treatment or advice to make sure you are on the road to feeling better. Going to a traditional emergency room often means hours of waiting and a large medical bill when you are done. A primary care doctor could certainly help, but it may be days or weeks before they have an opening in their schedule that fits into your schedule. AFC Urgent Care South Philly gives you the same high-quality medical care but with less wait and cost.
Many patients visit our medical clinic with a sore throat, so we have put together some common questions patients ask about sore throats.
An irritated and scratchy throat marks a sore throat. It can be very uncomfortable and is certainly no fun to have. However, this usually clears up within a few days and does not require additional medical treatment.
By comparison, strep throat is an infection caused by bacteria. It grows inside your nasal canals and throat. This is much more painful and can leave you unable to complete your daily activities. Swallowing food or drink can also be very difficult. Even water and soft foods may be a struggle with strep throat.
Sore throats often accompany a cold or flu. Strep throat, however, has a particular set of symptoms that will tip you off towards thinking you have this infection. Swollen lymph nodes, high fever, and white or red tonsils are all common symptoms of strep throat. If you come across these, then you must come to AFC Urgent Care South Philly for immediate diagnosis and treatment.
Once you’ve tested positive for strep throat, it can be easily treated. The key here is the diagnosis. You must be tested for strep throat to be prescribed the proper antibiotics. If you have a viral infection, such as the flu, antibiotics will not help. We are concerned about the tendency to over prescribe antibiotics, so we will only write one if you test positive for strep throat.
Does it take days to get the results of this test? Not at all! We can conduct a rapid strep throat test in our onsite state-of-the-art lab. We will have the results after a short wait, meaning you’ll have the answers you need before leaving our medical facility.
No appointment is needed to see our doctors or use our services here at AFC South Philly. Don’t wait days wondering if you have a sore throat; see us immediately for immediate answers. Our highly professional staff is ready to assess your symptoms and give you the treatment you need to get back on the road to recovery. We look forward to helping you in the future!
We can administer a test for strep throat at our location if our provider feels that you are showing the symptoms of strep. Results are processed at our location after a short wait.
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.