Strep Throat

Strep Throat

Strep Throat Specialist

Strep throat causes difficulty or pain when swallowing. People First Urgent & Primary Care offers quick care options for treating strep throat for patients in Millington, Tennessee.

Strep Throat Q & A

People First Urgent & Primary

What is strep throat?

Strep throat is caused by a bacterial infection. It makes your throat feel sore and scratchy and makes it difficult to swallow. If left untreated, strep throat can cause complications. Strep throat is most common in children, but it can affect people of all ages.

What causes strep throat?

The cause of strep throat is a bacteria known as Streptococcus pyogenes; it is highly contagious and can spread through coughing, sneezing, or through shared food or drinks. You can also pick up the bacteria from a doorknob or other surfaces and then transfer it to your nose, mouth or eyes. Symptoms of strep throat include:

  • Painful swallowing
  • Throat pain that usually comes on quickly
  • Red and swollen tonsils, sometimes with white patches or streaks of pus
  • Tiny red spots on the area at the back of the roof of the mouth (soft or hard palate)
  • Swollen, tender lymph nodes in your neck
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Rash
  • Nausea or vomiting, especially in younger children
  • Body aches
  • It’s possible for no signs to be visible which is why your doctor generally tests specifically for strep throat.

What is the treatment for strep throat?

People First Urgent & Primary Care provides fast, efficient, and cost-effective care for strep throat. The doctor will order a rapid strep test if he/she suspects that your sore throat is caused by the ‘strep’ bacteria; he/she will swab the back of your throat with a long cotton swab and collect a sample. This test will determine if your sore throat is indeed ‘strep throat’ or caused by bacteria or germ. The highly qualified staff is able to evaluate your sore throat and other symptoms, and tailor treatment specific to your condition. If your sore throat is caused by Streptococcus, antibiotics may be prescribed. It is important to take the antibiotic as prescribed even if you start feeling better in a few days. The symptoms of strep throat may go away as soon as 24 hours after you start treatment. To soothe the symptoms associated with strep throat, you should ensure that you stay hydrated with fluids and get enough rest.

People First Urgent & Primary Care

Phone: (901) 873-0930
4772 Navy Rd.
Millington, TN 38053

Hours

Monday – Friday: 8:00am-8:00pm
Saturday: 8:00am-6:00pm
Sunday: 12:00pm-5:00pm

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