Strep throat is most common in 5-10-year-olds, but people of every age can get this painful infection. If you or your child suddenly develop a sore throat, don’t wait to seek care from the exceptional practitioners at First Care Bossier in Bossier City and Stonewall, Louisiana. Whether you go to the walk-in clinic, request an online telehealth visit, or schedule an appointment, prompt treatment helps prevent complications caused by strep throat. To schedule an appointment, use online booking or call the nearest office.
Strep throat is an infection caused by group A streptococcus bacteria. This highly contagious bacteria spreads through the air and by direct contact.
Droplets go airborne when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Adults and children can pick up the bacteria by sharing food or drinks and touching a contaminated surface, then touching their nose, mouth, or eyes.
Unfortunately, people can unknowingly spread the virus because it’s contagious even when they don’t have symptoms.
Strep throat typically appears suddenly and causes pain that’s severe enough to make it hard to swallow.
In addition to a sore throat, the symptoms of strep include:
If you or your child have signs of strep throat, it’s important to get prompt care. Without treatment, strep throat may cause complications.
The infection can spread; not only to family and friends but also to other parts of your body. Strep infections also cause serious inflammatory conditions such as scarlet fever, rheumatic fever, and kidney inflammation.
After examining your or your child’s throat, your provider at First Care Bossier performs a rapid stress test. They only need to take a throat swab, and within a few minutes, the test shows whether group A streptococcus bacteria are present.
If the test comes out negative, but symptoms suggest strep throat, they may do a second swab and do a throat culture in the lab.
Your provider treats strep throat with over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen to relieve the pain. They also prescribe a round of antibiotics to get rid of the bacteria. You’re no longer contagious after about 24 hours on antibiotics, and by the third day, your symptoms should start to improve.
It’s important to take all the antibiotics as prescribed even after you or your child starts to feel better. Without the full course of medication, some of the bacteria may survive and cause another infection.
To get prompt care for strep throat, call First Care Bossier, or request an in-person or telehealth appointment online.