Sore Throat Treatment at Urgent Care and Walk-In Clinic in West Chester, PA
At AFC Urgent Care West Chester, we are used to seeing patients with a number of different illnesses and injuries. While it may seem like a minor problem to some, for others, a sore throat can be incredibly debilitating.
This is particularly true if you have strep throat, which when compared to a more standard sore throat, can be much more painful and require medical intervention.
It can be tricky to know whether your sore throat is something that requires treatment. This is why you should always try to get diagnosed by a medical professional that is able to test and assess your symptoms.
Here at AFC Urgent Care West Chester, we are dedicated to providing a swift and accurate diagnosis by looking at all your different symptoms. Our aim is to make sure you feel better, and that you are soon able to get back on your feet and carry on with your life.
All at a time that best suits you! No appointment is ever required to see our board-certified physicians and our extended hours makes it very easy to fit us into your schedule.
It is no surprise that we have many patients coming to see us with a sore throat. To help with those who have a sore throat to determine if they possibly have strep throat, we have put together this guide about when you may want to get it checked out.
Is strep throat and a sore throat the same thing?
The answer is no. Not at all. A sore throat isn’t pleasant and no-one likes the idea of having an irritated and scratchy throat. However, if a sore throat is all it is, then those symptoms can disappear in just a few days without seeing a doctor. You can rely on over the counter medication to alleviate any uncomfortable symptoms. You will still be able to undertake the majority of your daily tasks with just a sore throat.
If you have strep throat, then you have a bacterial infection growing throughout your throat and nasal canals. Those who have had strep throat know how painful it is and how it can leave you unable to eat and drink properly, let alone do everything else you do on a daily basis.
The symptoms of strep throat
Some of the most common symptoms of strep throat include a particularly high fever, red or white tonsils and swollen lymph nodes. Any of these symptoms should be checked out by a medical professional to ensure that they don’t develop into something more serious.
The treatment for strep throat
If you have a cold, as well as a sore throat, then you should quickly recover with some self-care and rest. If you have strep throat, then you will need to be prescribed some antibiotics in order to help your body to recover.
Diagnosis is the most important aspect of strep throat treatment. Without it, you would not be able to have the right treatment and you could end up being even more ill.
The test for strep throat is quick! We conduct all rapid strep throat tests in our state of the art onsite lab. You can have the results of this test usually within 15 minutes, meaning you’ll have the answers you are looking for in a single visit.
If you believe you or a member of your family has strep throat, then they need to visit us here at AFC West Chester. We can not only help to ensure the right diagnosis, but we are also here to give expert advice on recovery and make sure that you feel right as rain again!