Strep Throat

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Strep Throat Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

At Supreme Care ER, we understand that medical emergencies can happen anytime, including holidays. Our state-of-the-art facility in Jersey Village, Texas, near Cypress, is dedicated to providing fast and quality emergency care 24/7. One of the conditions we promptly address is Strep Throat. Trust us for expert care when you need it the most.

 What is Strep Throat?

Strep Throat is a bacterial infection affecting the throat and tonsils caused by Group A Streptococcus bacteria. It can lead to discomfort, pain, and potential complications if left untreated.

Strep Throat Symptoms and Treatment

 Common Causes

It is primarily caused by the Group A Streptococcus bacteria, which is highly contagious and can be transmitted through respiratory droplets from an infected person.

 Common Symptoms

  • Sore throat
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Red and swollen tonsils
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Rash
  • Body aches

Who is at Risk?

Anyone can contract this bacterial infection, but it is more common in children and adolescents. People in close contact with an infected person, such as family members or classmates, are at higher risk.

How it Can be Prevented

Practicing good hygiene, including frequent handwashing, avoiding close contact with infected individuals, and refraining from sharing personal items, can help prevent its spread.

How is it Diagnosed?

Our experienced medical team at Supreme Care ER can quickly diagnose through a physical examination and, if necessary, a rapid strep test or throat culture.

 How it is Treated

Strep Throat is typically treated with antibiotics to eliminate the bacteria causing the infection. It’s crucial to complete the prescribed antibiotic course even if symptoms improve.

 When to Go to the ER: Warning Signs & Symptoms

Visit Supreme Care ER promptly if you or a family member experience:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Severe throat pain
  • Persistent high fever
  • Swelling in the neck
  • Rash
  • Difficulty swallowing

 Complications if Treatment is Not Received Quickly

Untreated Strep Throat can lead to serious complications, such as:

  • Rheumatic fever
  • Kidney inflammation
  • Abscess formation in the throat