Strep Throat

Cyrus Lavian, M.D. -  - Internist

Valley Medical Urgent Care

Cyrus Lavian, M.D.

Internist located in Panorama City, CA

If you’re suddenly hit by fever, fatigue, and a scratchy pain in your throat, you may have strep throat, a common bacterial infection that usually requires medication. Luckily, strep throat is easy to treat with antibiotics and even easier to diagnose; all you have to do is allow an experienced doctor like Cyrus Lavian, MD, to take a quick swab of the inside of your mouth and you can know for sure if you have the infection. Call Valley Medical Urgent Care of Panorama City, California, today or use the scheduling tool to make an appointment online.

Strep Throat Q & A

What is strep throat?

Strep throat is an infection caused by the Streptococcus pyogenes bacteria, from which it gets its name. Strep throat causes your throat to feel sore and scratchy and is especially common in children. If left untreated, strep throat can spread through the body or lead to further complications, such as swelling in the kidneys or rheumatic fever.

What are the symptoms of strep throat?

Strep throat commonly involves these symptoms:

  • A scratchy pain in the throat that often comes on quickly
  • Difficulty or pain when swallowing
  • Red or swollen tonsils that may have white streaks or patches of pus
  • Tiny red spots at the back of the roof of the mouth
  • Inflamed, tender lymph nodes in the neck
  • Fever
  • Headache or body aches
  • Nausea and vomiting

While a sore throat is the most notable symptom of strep throat, the vast majority of sore throats are not due to strep. To be sure if you have strep throat, Dr. Lavian will need to swab your throat and perform a quick test. This detects the presence of streptococcus bacteria in a matter of minutes so you can begin treatment immediately. If you notice one or more of these symptoms, visit Valley Medical Urgent Care today for an evaluation.

How is strep throat treated?

Fortunately, strep throat and its symptoms can be dealt with directly using medication. Since strep throat is a bacterial infection, it can be treated with antibiotics. Once you begin taking an oral antibiotic, you should start feeling better within a few days. If antibiotics are taken early in the infection’s development, they can shorten the duration of your symptoms and reduce their severity.

In addition, you can take an over-the-counter pain reliever to lessen your symptoms while the antibiotics run their course. Getting plenty of rest, eating soothing foods like applesauce and yogurt, and using a humidifier can also ease your symptoms. Make sure to avoid irritants, such as cigarette smoke.

If you think you or your child may have strep throat, or if you would like to learn more, call Valley Medical Urgent Care today or make an appointment online.