How Do I Know If My Sore Throat Is Serious?
Sore throat can be painful and distressing. Unfortunately, there is not just one single cause of this condition, rather it is caused by a number of other factors including:
–Laryngitis (inflammation of the voice box)
–Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)
Typically, a sore throat is the first symptom of an underlying illness. When the problem begins, you probably wonder whether it will resolve on its own or medical treatment will be required to prevent it from evolving into something more serious and difficult to treat.
Strep throat is a far more severe bacterial infection which is sudden and persistent. Other symptoms accompanying strep throat include painful swallowing, loss of appetite, fever, headache, swollen neck glands, muffled voice, and stomach pain. Because strep is caused by the bacterium streptococcus, it is commonly treated with antibiotics. Strep throat most commonly occurs between the ages of 5 and 13, though it also occurs in adults. Strep infections occur most often during the school years when groups of kids are in close contact. Left untreated, strep throat can create more serious complications including ear and sinus infections, scarlet fever or rheumatic fever.
Prompt Urgent Care can confirm the presence of strep using a rapid lab test, performed right in the center. The quick, painless process involves swabbing the back of your throat. If the rapid strep test is positive, antibiotics are typically prescribed for a period of 7 to 10 days. It is essential that you take all of your prescribed medication, even if your original symptoms subside.
If your health care provider determines that your sore throat is caused by a virus, it cannot be treated by antibiotics. Rather, you will have to get plenty of rest, eat a healthy and balanced diet, and drink lots of fluids.
Prompt Urgent Care’s convenient neighborhood medical centers provide walk-in and no appointment is required for consultations for sore throats and many other conditions that require immediate care, but are not medical emergencies. Most insurance plans are accepted and urgent care co-pays are typically less than what is charged by hospitals or freestanding emergency rooms.