Strep throat can cause a number of uncomfortable symptoms such as sore throat, swollen lymph nodes, pain while swallowing, chills, fever, and more. This condition requires prompt treatment, and the AccuHealth Urgent Care team is ready to provide it at any time. There's no appointment needed to get urgent care for strep throat or any other condition at AccuHealth Urgent Care in St. Louis, Missouri, but you’re welcome to call the office or book an appointment online.
Strep throat is an infection in the throat caused by A Streptococcus bacteria. It can cause some painful and unpleasant symptoms such as pain and inflammation. Strep throat is a highly contagious infection, and prompt treatment is important.
The most obvious symptom of strep throat is usually a very sore and painful throat. Other symptoms may include:
Children are more likely to develop strep throats than adults. However, patients of any age may develop strep throat when they're exposed to the strep throat infection. Strep throat spreads easily, and anyone can get it.
Strep throat is usually treated with antibiotics such as penicillin. There are two main options in antibiotic treatment for strep throat: oral antibiotics and injected antibiotics. Oral antibiotics are taken on a daily basis, typically with each meal. Oral antibiotics are typically prescribed for a 10-day period. If you're given oral antibiotics, it's important that you complete the entire course of treatment. You'll usually start to feel better after only a few days, but to make sure that all of the A Streptococcus bacteria are destroyed, you must take all medication you’ve been prescribed. Patients are typically not contagious after taking antibiotics for 24 hours, but check with your AccuHealth Urgent Care to verify when it's safe to be around others.
The other option for antibiotic strep throat treatment is an injection. This single penicillin injection works in only a day, and it completely resolves strep throat with no further treatment required. Your AccuHealth Urgent Care is happy to help you determine which treatment option is best for you or your child.
Untreated strep throat can lead to severe health complications, including tonsil infections and sinus infections. It can also cause rheumatic fever, which could lead to joint problems and even heart valve damage.