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Strep throat

The doctors on Heal can help diagnose and treat Strep throat. Strep throat is a bacterial infection of the throat caused by Group A Streptococcus bacteria that usually results in pain and inflammation. Strep throat is most common in children between the ages of 5 and 10 years old, but 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
  • Fever
  • Swollen lymph nodes on the neck
  • Swollen, red tonsils
  • Petechiae on the roof of your mouth

The best way to prevent contracting strep throat is by washing your hands thoroughly and often with an antibacterial soap. You should also avoid sharing food or 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, environmental irritants, and post-nasal drip. Because sore throat is a symptom of many conditions, it’s important to confirm your diagnosis with a licensed healthcare professional, in order to ensure prompt and effective treatment.

In a Heal doctor house call, your doctor will perform a thorough physical exam, including a detailed medical history. If your doctor deems it necessary, she may perform a rapid strep test, which can be done in the comfort of your home by swabbing the back of your throat. In some cases, your doctor might order a throat culture in order to confirm your 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 a doctor deems it necessary, they may prescribe antibiotics, which they can easily e-prescribe to the pharmacy of your choice.

If you suspect you might have strep throat, request a doctor house call with Heal today.

Please be advised that the doctors on Heal are unable to prescribe any medication that requires a triplicate prescription, including narcotics and anxiety medications.