Do I Have Strep Throat or Just a Sore Throat?

A sore throat could be the first symptom experienced when a person has many medical conditions, including a cold or the flu. That’s why it’s important to seek medical attention if your sore throat lasts for more than a few days.

Our team at AFC Urgent Care Fountain City wants to share some insight about sore throats, including what causes them and how to treat them.

What Is a Sore Throat?

A sore throat is a condition in which a person feels pain in the throat. While there could be a number of reasons for a sore throat, some of the main health conditions that cause a sore throat include the cold virus, the flu or strep throat.

How to Treat a Sore Throat

  • Antibiotics, if prescribed for a bacterial infection
  • Echinacea
  • Gargling with salt water
  • Over-the-counter pain medications
  • Increased hydration
  • Steam shower
  • Throat lozenges

What Is Strep Throat?

More than 3 million cases of strep throat are diagnosed each year. There are a number of symptoms associated with strep throat, including a fever, headache, chills and loss of appetite.

Treatment of Strep Throat

  • Take antibiotics as prescribed.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Take pain relievers like ibuprofen
  • Try throat lozenges.
  • Use a humidifier.

Still not sure whether you are dealing with just a sore throat or strep throat? Visit AFC Urgent Care Fountain City today for an evaluation and treatment plan!