Strep Throat

Michelle Sturdivant, NP -  - Family Medicine Nurse Practitioner

Healthworx Family Clinic

Michelle Sturdivant, NP

Family Medicine Nurse Practitioner located in Edmond, OK

A sore, scratchy throat may be a sign of strep throat, an infection that can become serious if left untreated. At Healthworx Family Clinic in Edmond, Oklahoma, Michelle Sturdivant, NP, evaluates you or your child for strep throat and offers treatment to speed up recovery. No insurance? No problem! This family medicine practice offers affordable cash-pay pricing for patients without insurance and is open late on Tuesday evenings for added convenience. Schedule an appointment by phone or online today.

Strep Throat Q & A

What is strep throat?

Strep throat is an infection caused by group A streptococcus bacteria that are associated with a sore, scratchy throat. If left untreated, it can lead to complications, some of which are serious. Strep throat often happens in children, but adults get strep throat, too, most commonly in Winter or early Spring. Fortunately, a simple treatment for strep throat is available at Healthworx Family Clinic.

What are the symptoms of strep throat?

Numerous signs and symptoms can indicate strep throat. Examples include:

  • A sore throat
  • Painful swallowing
  • Swollen, red tonsils
  • White patches in the throat
  • Tiny red spots on the back of the throat
  • Fever
  • Headaches or body aches
  • Swollen lymph nodes in the neck
  • A rash
  • Nausea and vomiting in children

These symptoms are also associated with viral infections and other illnesses, which is why Michelle tests you or your child for strep throat at your appointment.

How is strep throat diagnosed?

When you arrive at Healthworx Family Clinic, Michelle reviews you or your child’s medical history and symptoms and completes an exam. She looks at the throat, swabs it, and performs a rapid antigen strep test in-office. The test detects strep bacteria within minutes, so you receive the results right away.

If your strep throat test is negative, but Michelle suspects you have it, she sends a throat culture to a laboratory for analysis. While this type of strep test is more accurate, you might not receive results for 1-2 days.

What is the treatment for strep throat?

The treatment for strep throat is simple and involves treating the bacterial infection and relieving you or your child’s symptoms. Michelle prescribes an oral antibiotic that, when taken within 48 hours, reduces the severity and duration of strep throat symptoms.

Taking the antibiotic lowers the risk of complications associated with strep throat, such as rheumatic fever, kidney inflammation, heart valve damage, and painful or inflamed joints. Michelle may suggest over the counter pain relievers to reduce fever and throat pain.

Within a day or two of taking the antibiotic, symptoms should subside. When your child is fever free for 24 hours after beginning treatment, they are no longer contagious and can return to school and other activities. Make sure to take antibiotics exactly as prescribed and finish the entire course.

How can I lower my risk of strep throat?

Strep throat is highly contagious, making it difficult to avoid entirely. It’s spread when somebody with strep throat sneezes or coughs near you, or shares food with you. You can contract strep throat after touching bacteria from doorknobs and other surfaces.

To help prevent strep throat, wash your hands often with soap or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Avoid sharing food, drinks, glasses, or eating utensils with other people.

If you suspect you or your child has strep throat, schedule an appointment with Healthworx Family Clinic by phone or online today.