Strep Throat

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Night Watch Pediatric Urgent Care

Pediatric Urgent Care located in Manassas, VA

Strep throat is a common bacterial infection that easily spreads through physical contact. The pediatric specialists at Night Watch Pediatric Urgent Care in Manassas, Virginia, provide on-site diagnosis and treatment of common strep throat infections. If you think your child has strep throat, drop by the office or book an appointment by phone or online today.

Strep Throat Q & A

What is strep throat?

Strep throat is a highly contagious bacterial infection caused by the Streptococcus pyogenes bacteria. This type of infection can be easily spread through the air (coughing and sneezing), contact with infected persons (sharing food or drinks), and contact with infected surfaces (doorknobs and tables or desktops).

Strep throat typically results in fever and discomfort. If left untreated, the infection can lead to more serious complications like kidney inflammation and rheumatic fever.

What are the symptoms of strep throat?

The symptoms of strep throat can become quite severe and cause considerable pain and discomfort. The symptoms include:

  • Sudden throat pain
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • White patches on tonsils
  • Red spots on the roof of the mouth
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Tender lymph nodes in the neck
  • Swollen tonsils

Because strep throat is such an uncomfortable condition, it’s best to seek treatment as soon as possible. With prompt treatment, your child can get relief in as little as 48 hours.

Who is most at risk of strep throat?

Strep throat is readily spread through contact with infected persons and surfaces. Although strep throat can affect anyone of any age, school age children (ages 5-15) are most at risk. This is due to close contact with infected students who easily spread the infection through coughing, sneezing, and touching.

Streptococcus bacteria can live on the hands for up to three hours, making it easy for students to pass the infection around.

How is strep throat treated?

Before your child can receive treatment, they must first be diagnosed. To confirm your child’s condition, the doctor will do a throat swab to see if an infection is present. This test, called a rapid antigen test, is preferred because it can produce an accurate reading in just a few minutes.

Strep throat is treated using antibiotics. With antibiotics, your child can experience relief in as little as 48 hours. Your child will remain contagious for 24 hours after treatment begins.

How to prevent strep throat?

To prevent your child from getting strep throat, speak with them about the importance of proper hygiene. Washing their hands regularly and using a hand sanitizer can play a major role in avoiding all kinds of contagious illnesses.

Your child should also avoid sharing drinks and eating utensils with school mates as this is one of the easiest ways to get strep throat — and a lot of other contagious diseases.

If your child is experiencing any of the symptoms of strep throat, visit the office or book an appointment by phone or online.