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There are a variety of illnesses we see at our walk-in urgent care center in Willow Grove, PA. Common symptom patients tend to get immediate care for is a sore throat. A sore throat is a common symptom for many illnesses, and it can be challenging to determine if your sore throat is something minor or a sign of a more serious problem. Our board-certified doctors at AFC Urgent Care Willow Grove are available seven days a week to check your sore throat. No appointment is needed!
If you or a family member have a sore throat that is not getting better or is even getting worse, don’t wait days for answers from your primary care doctor. Avoid the long wait times and high costs of an ER and visit our urgent care center today! Our highly experienced doctors can examine you and identify the cause of your ailment. Early diagnosis of a serious illness makes it much easier to treat. Our state-of-the-art clinic can accurately diagnosis your illness and help you start to feel better again. With no appointment needed, you can get treatment for your sore throat when it is convenient for you. We’re available when you need us, on your schedule. AFC Urgent Care Willow Grove can provide the same high-quality on-demand care an emergency room can, but at a lower cost.
When you suffer from a sore throat, you usually experience a scratchy and irritated throat. While uncomfortable, this kind of sore throat generally clears up on its own after a few days. It often does not need any formal medical intervention beyond some over the counter medications (like a throat lozenge), home remedies, and self-care. These methods will soothe a sore throat at home.
Strep throat is an infection caused by bacteria growing inside your throat and nasal canals. This bacterial infection can be very serious. Compare to a regular sore throat, it is much more painful, and you may even be unable to complete your usual daily activities. Your throat will be so sore; you may find it difficult to drink or swallow food. Even soft foods and water may be challenging with a sore throat.
Colds and the flu often see patients experience a sore throat. These throats are usually just scratchy and itchy. Strep throat, however, has some specific symptoms that indicate you may have this infection. These symptoms include high fever, white or red tonsils, and swollen lymph nodes. If you feel you may have any of these symptoms, you must visit AFC Urgent Care Willow Grove for diagnosis and treatment.
Fortunately, once your strep throat is diagnosed, it is very straightforward to treat. The key is getting a quick and accurate diagnosis. A strep throat is treated with antibiotics, and we generally see good results with this method. With this in mind, we cannot prescribe antibiotics for any sore throat caused by a viral infection. Viruses do not respond to antibiotic treatment and, therefore, cannot be used. We can only give you antibiotics when we have positively confirmed you have strep throat. We have an onsite lab at our clinic that has a rapid strep test available that can provide you answers after a short wait. We can send a sample to be tested in a lab for a throat culture, but this generally takes 48 hours. We can have your results after a short wait with our rapid strep test so we can provide you with the answers you need before you leave our clinic.
No appointment is ever needed to see our physicians or use our services at AFC Urgent Care Willow Grove. Don’t shuffle through your home for days with a sore throat, hoping you will get better. Come to our clinic today and get immediate medical care. Our highly experienced staff can look at your symptoms and get you the correct treatment for your illness. We’ll help you get back on the healthy road again and feel better faster.
We look forward to meeting you at our Urgent Care Center!
With state-of-the-art centers and a professional medical team, AFC provides on-site X-rays, labs, procedures, and more!
Urgent care is for medical conditions that require prompt attention but do not pose an immediate threat to your health or life. Here is a simple rule of thumb: if your medical issues(s) are life threatening, call 911, or go directly to a hospital emergency room. If not, an urgent care center such as AFC is an excellent alternative.