Many people tend to mistake a run-of-the-mill sore throat for strep throat, but there are a few telltale signs that set strep apart from the rest. Strep throat is a common bacterial infection in the throat and tonsils. It causes a severe sore throat and can sometimes come with a fever. Regular sore throats are caused by a virus, not bacteria, and are often accompanied by cold symptoms such as a runny or stuffy nose, coughing, and sneezing. Strep causes a sudden and severe sore throat accompanied by a fever, swollen tonsils or lymph nodes, and white or yellow spots on the back of your throat.
The best way to find out if you have strep throat is to visit a medical professional. An ear, nose, and throat doctor can help you diagnose and treat your strep throat with their up-to-date, state-of-the-art professional care and compassion.
Strep throat is treated with antibiotics, most commonly amoxicillin, penicillin, or cephalexin. These will be prescribed to you by your ear, nose, and throat Houston doctor. It is important to let your doctor know if you have an allergies to antibiotics and to take the full course of medication, even if you feel better. Aside from prescribed medications, over the counter pain medication like ibuprofen may soothe your pain, as well as home remedies like drinking tea with honey, and eating soup instead of solid foods.
To prevent strep throat, it’s good to wash your hands regularly with anti-bacterial soap and avoid coming into contact with people who are sick. If you have strep throat, you can avoid spreading it by staying home from school or work, trying not to breathe, cough, or sneeze on other people, and washing your hands regularly. Taking antibiotics also shortens the amount of time that you are contagious.
If you think you might have strep throat, an ear, nose, and throat Houston doctor can get you a diagnosis and help you treat it. Visit SpringMedicalAssociates.com for more information about our ENT specialists and contact us about setting up an appointment.