If you have a sore throat and feel achy and lethargic, you might have strep throat. At Healing Touch Medical in Paramus, New Jersey, led by Birinder Kaur, MD, the team performs a rapid strep test to find out quickly if you have strep throat. If you do, they can prescribe an antibiotic to help you get rid of the infection and make you feel better. Call the practice today and speak with a friendly team member for an appointment, or book using the online scheduling tool.
Strep throat is a painful bacterial infection that causes inflammation in your throat and painful symptoms. It can affect people of all ages. However, it’s mostly common in children between ages 5-15.
Strep throat is highly contagious, spreading through coughing and sneezing. You can also catch it when touching an object that’s contaminated, and then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.
If you feel like you might have strep throat, call your doctor at Healing Touch Medical right away for treatment.
To find out if you have strep throat, your doctor performs a rapid strep test. It’s a simple test done right in the office at Healing Touch Medical.
Your doctor looks inside your mouth and checks your throat for swelling and redness, using a wooden tongue depressor to keep your tongue down during your examination. Then a cotton swab on a stick is inserted into your mouth and brushed along the back of your throat for a sample to test for group A Streptococcus bacterium.
After your test, the results come back in about 10 minutes. If you test positive, your doctor prescribes antibiotics to take for five to seven days.
If you have a sore throat and a fever, you should get in to see your doctor at Healing Touch Medical for a rapid strep test. Other symptoms might include:
In some cases, you can also develop a pink, rough rash. If you’re experiencing signs of strep throat, it’s best to see your doctor right away for a rapid strep test. If left untreated, more serious issues could develop.
If you test positive for strep throat, you’ll take antibiotics prescribed by your doctor. You’ll also need to rest, gargle with salt, and drink warm fluids.
If you or your child are having symptoms of strep throat, call your doctor at Healing Touch Medical today, or make an appointment by clicking the online booking tool.