If left untreated, strep throat can lead to severe consequences like:
- Skin infections
- Rheumatic fever
- Scarlet fever
- Kidney inflammation.
Under-treated or untreated strep throat may also cause abscess formation behind the throat, which can result in serious illness, difficulties in swallowing, and in some cases, the respiratory system may get compromised.
Strep throat is more often seen in children but people of all ages can get it. If you or your child is displaying signs of a strep throat, it is vital to see a doctor for effective treatment immediately.
At 24 Hour Docs, our online doctors can examine your symptoms to diagnose the strep throat and create an appropriate treatment plan.
What are the Symptoms of a Strep Throat?
The most common signs of a sore or strep throat include:
- Sudden pain in the throat
- Red and swollen tonsils; sometimes these can be accompanied with streaks or white patches of pus
- Pain while swallowing
- Tender or swollen lymph nodes in your neck
- Tiny red spots in the back of the roof of your mouth
- Vomiting or nausea (especially in younger children)
- Body aches
- Sudden fever (especially if it’s 101 F or higher)
- Loss of appetite
These symptoms usually occur within 5 days of exposure to bacteria that causes strep throat.
What Causes a Strep Throat?
Strep throat is a result of infection caused by the bacteria called Streptococcus Pyogenes which is highly contagious. If you share food or drinks with someone who has strep throat, or you’re in the vicinity of the infected person when they sneeze or cough, you can also become infected. You can also pick up the strep bacteria from a surface (like a doorknob or a remote control) and transfer them to your eyes, mouth, or nose.
Can an Online Doctor Treat My Strep Throat?
You bet! Strep throat is one of the most common conditions that our doctors at 24 Hour Docs treat. We can help determine whether you have a strep throat and then provide a treatment plan accordingly. Our doctors may also refer you to a throat specialist if necessary.
When your video consultation starts, your doctors will ask you several questions to ensure if your symptoms indicate a strep throat. Then they will proceed to offer the best treatment plan for you.
We may also recommend an in-person examination by a specialist, depending on your case.
Your treatment plan will be based on the severity and duration of your symptoms, and your medical history. Your online doctors may also ask you to shine a light on the back of your throat, take your temperature, and touch the lymph nodes in your neck and report exactly what you feel.
What are the Most Effective Sore Throat Treatments?
The treatment plan may include antibiotics as well as some home remedies to relieve your sore throat and help prevent complications. Home remedies are usually gargling, taking plenty of bed rest, and taking lozenges or over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen.
In addition to antibiotics, you can try some of the following at-home treatments to kill the infection and get relief from pain:
- Keep drinking warm liquids throughout the day, like tea and lemon water
- Suck on throat lozenges
- Turn on a cool-mist humidifier
- Gargle with a mixture of salt and water (add ½ teaspoon of salt to 1 cup of water)
See an Online Doctor For Your Strep Throat Today!
The board-certified doctors at 24 Hour Docs can not only diagnose your strep throat but also write prescriptions to help! If you start to develop a fever (in addition to the sore throat) or your symptoms are getting worse, register and log on to 24 Hour Docs and see a doctor to receive a customized treatment plan.
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