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Worried You Might Have Strep Throat? Know the Signs and Get Treatment Fast

A sore throat can be mildly annoying to debilitatingly painful, but there are several common causes that could be the culprit. When your throat feels dry or itchy or it’s painful to swallow, getting to the bottom of the potential cause is important in order to get the right kind of treatment.

Strep throat is caused by contagious bacteria that can easily be spread through the air when someone coughs. You can also catch it from someone if you share food or drinks with them.

So, what are the most common strep throat signs? Let’s take a look so you can understand the symptoms when they first appear.

Signs of Strep

Some of the most common strep throat symptoms include:

  • Throat pain that happens suddenly
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Red/swollen tonsils
  • White patches in the throat
  • Swelling or redness in the back of the throat

Strep throat can also cause other flu-like symptoms, including fever, chills, nausea, and vomiting. However, if you’re experiencing swelling or redness or see white patches or dots in the back of your throat, it’s likely to be strep.

How Can Strep Throat Be Treated?

Strep throat treatment is necessary to help your symptoms go away so you can find relief quickly. There are no over-the-counter medicines to treat strep throat.  It’s typically treated with oral antibiotics such as Amoxicillin, Augmentin, Azithromycin, or Ceftin.

You can also take throat lozenges or over-the-counter pain relievers to help with some of the uncomfortable symptoms (fever, soreness).

If you’re worried you may have strep throat, don’t question your diagnosis. Schedule a virtual consultation with an online doctor right away. At CallonDoc, we can help you to better define your symptoms so you can get the treatment you need. Telemedicine is making it possible for everyone to get the care they deserve, especially when they’re sick. So, if your throat is sore and it’s painful to swallow, don’t wait to find relief. Schedule your web visit today.