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Strep Throat Testing & Treatment
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Strep Throat Testing & Treatment in Arlington, VA
Sore throats are quite common and can come from a wide range of problems. Everything from allergies and postnasal drip to the flu can cause a painful, uncomfortable sore throat, but sometimes a sore throat is something more and requires prompt treatment. When your sore throat is from the streptococcus bacteria, you need to get treatment. Urgent Care Center of Arlington offers strep throat treatment, so you can get fast relief when suffering the pain of this common ailment.
Do I Have Strep Throat?
Not all sore throats require a trip to the doctor, but if you are showing symptoms of strep, you need to be seen. Strep throat symptoms include:
- Fever of 101° or higher
- Loss of appetite
- Swollen, painful lymph nodes
- Abdominal pain or discomfort
- Skin rash
- Red spots in the mouth or on the tongue
- Extreme sore throat pain
Unfortunately, these symptoms are not always from strep throat. The only way to determine if you have strep and need treatment is with a simple strep throat test from your doctor. Urgent Care Center of Arlington offers rapid strep throat screening so that you can get answers fast.
Do you suspect that you might have strep? Contact Urgent Care Center of Arlington for a same-day appointment and get the answer you need quickly.
How to Treat Strep Throat
If your test result comes back positive, your doctor will prescribe antibiotics to treat your illness. Antibiotics are necessary to treat strep throat because it is caused by bacteria. If the test results come back negative, you will not receive antibiotics. Most other causes of sore throat pain are viral, and antibiotics will not help. When they are not needed, antibiotics could actually create more problems than they help.
When you pick up your prescription, take the entire course of the medication. Even though you will start feeling better in a day or two after starting your antibiotics, you need to finish the entire prescription course so your strep throat does not come back. You can also soothe your sore throat with over-the-counter pain relievers, cold foods and liquids, and sore throat lozenges until your symptoms subside.
Potential Complications from Strep Throat
If you have a sore throat that you suspect is strep throat, getting a strep throat test and treatment, if needed, is important. Strep throat has the potential to cause serious complications, including:
- Peritonsillar abscess – Swollen, infectious swelling in the neck
- Scarlet fever – Full-body rash in reaction to the strep bacteria
- Rheumatic fever – Serious infection of the heart
- Glomerulonephritis – Inflammation of the kidneys due to strep
The only way to prevent these infections is to treat strep throat accurately and completely. Stop in at Urgent Care Center of Arlington to get accurate diagnosis and treatment today.
Is This a Life-Threatening Emergency?
Certain conditions are not appropriate for urgent care. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Life-threatening situations
- Serious and sudden medical conditions
If you or a loved one is experiencing a life-threatening emergency, call 9-1-1 or find safe transportation to the emergency room near you.
Get Fast Answers About Your Sore Throat
No one should suffer strep throat pain when treatment is available. Yet getting an appointment with your doctor can be difficult. Urgent Care Center of Arlington is here with fast, walk-in appointment options. We accept most major insurances and can perform rapid strep tests in office.
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2439 N Harrison St
Arlington, VA 22207
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