The doctors on SwiftMD can help diagnose and treat a sore throat. Most sore throats are usually caused by Group A Streptococcus bacteria that usually result in pain and inflammation. Strep throat is most common in children between the ages of 5 and 10 years old, but it can occur in adults as well. It’s contagious and most often spread from person to person through coughing, sneezing, saliva and touching open sores on the skin caused by Group A Strep.
Common symptoms of strep throat include:
- Sore throat
- Swollen lymph nodes on the neck
- Swollen, red tonsils
- Petechiae on the roof of the mouth
The best way to prevent contracting strep throat is by wishing your hands thoroughly and often with an antibacterial soap. You should also avoid sharing food and utensils with potentially infected people and ensure that you cover your mouth when coughing and sneezing.
Other infectious agents and conditions can cause similar symptoms to strep throat, including but not limited to viruses, allergens and environmental irritants. Because a sore throat is a symptom of many conditions, it’s important to confirm your diagnosis with a licensed healthcare professional, to ensure prompt and effective treatment.
In a SwiftMD house call, your doctor will perform a thorough physical exam, including a detailed medical history. If your doctor deems it necessary they will order a throat culture to confirm the diagnosis. If you do have strep throat your doctor will determine a thorough treatment plan to help you feel better and protect others from contracting your infection. If the doctor deems it necessary, they may prescribe antibiotics.
If you suspect you might have strep throat, request a doctor