It’s no secret that strep throat is common among children, but you might not realize that it’s a common infection among adults, too. In fact, between 11,000 and 24,000 adults get sick with strep throat every year, according to the CDC. While these numbers aren’t overwhelming, it will certainly do more good than harm to be conscious of the infection.
Read on as our team at AFC Urgent Care Castle Rock provides some helpful info on strep throat below.
What Is Strep Throat?
According to the CDC, strep throat is an infection in the throat and tonsils caused by bacteria called group A Streptococcus.
Strep lives in the nose and throat and can be spread by coughing or sneezing, which spreads respiratory droplets into the air that contain the strep bacteria. If you experience any of the symptoms that we’ve listed below, you likely have strep throat.
Common Strep Throat Symptoms
- Sudden sore throat
- Red tonsils that have white spots on them
- Pain when swallowing
- Swollen neck glands
- Loss of appetite
- Abdominal pain
How Serious Is Strep Throat?
Strep throat is a very treatable infection, but it can cause lots of complications in the body when left untreated. Some of the most notable complications are ear infections, rheumatic fever (an inflammatory disease that affects the joints, heart and skin) and sinusitis.
The best way to know whether you have strep throat is by getting a rapid strep test at our AFC center. If your doctor suspects strep, this simple, painless and quick test can confirm the diagnosis. The doctor will dab the back of your throat with a cotton swab, and the swab will be tested for the presence of the bacteria Streptococcus pyogenes. If it comes back positive, your doctor will likely prescribe antibiotics to help you recover. We’ve listed some additional at-home remedies to help you feel better below.
At-Home Remedies for Strep Throat
- Taking over-the-counter pain medication, like ibuprofen
- Gargling saltwater
- Sipping warm beverages, like tea with honey or lemon
- Using a humidifier to keep your throat and mouth from drying out
Strep throat can be quite painful, but it’s treatable! Don’t hesitate to visit AFC Urgent Care Castle Rock today if you are feeling under the weather.