What is strep throat?
Strep throat is a bacterial infection in the throat and tonsils caused by group A streptococcus. Strep infections are more common in children and teens than adults, but adults can get strep too, especially if they have been in contact with a sick child. When you have strep throat, you may feel a sore, scratchy sensation in the back of your throat along with difficulty swallowing. Strep throat is often accompanied by a fever, chills, loss of appetite, nausea, and a general feeling of being unwell. Other possible symptoms include white spots on the tongue and swollen lymph nodes. In the event that you have strep throat symptoms lasting longer than 48 hours, get in touch with the trusted team at Cross Timbers ENT in Midlothian, Mansfield, or Arlington, TX.
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How is strep throat diagnosed and treated?
The hallmark symptom of strep throat is a sore throat, although sore throats can also be caused by colds or viruses, like the flu or tonsillitis. To diagnose strep throat, one of our practitioners will assess your symptoms and examine the back of your throat. Most likely, a rapid strep test will be performed by swabbing the back of the throat. This can determine whether strep bacteria exist in the throat. Depending on the results, a throat culture test may also be performed. Sometimes, the results of a culture test can take up to two days. If your doctor determines that you have strep throat, an antibiotic may be prescribed. For patients who have recurrent strep throat, tonsil removal (tonsillectomy) can help reduce the frequency of infections.
If you have symptoms of strep throat, contact the caring professionals at Cross Timbers ENT. We provide diagnosis and treatment for strep throat and other conditions so you can get back to feeling your best. Book an appointment at one of our convenient office locations in Arlington, Mansfield, or Midlothian, TX.