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Strep throat could be causing your sore throat, fever, and headache. Jabeen Fatima, MD, at Molani Medical Group in Sherman Oaks, California, is a family medicine physician who can diagnose and treat a variety of health problems, including strep throat. Call Molani Medical Group or schedule an appointment online to diagnose and treat your strep throat today.
Strep throat is a common infection that makes your throat scratchy and sore.
Caused by the bacteria Streptococcus pyogenes, strep throat is very contagious. It spreads through the air, so you can be exposed if someone who is sick sneezes or coughs, if you share drinks or food with them, or by touching doorknobs or other surfaces where the bacteria is present, and then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.
Strep throat usually isn't dangerous, but it can lead to additional infection if left untreated.
Strep throat usually begins unexpectedly with throat pain. Additional symptoms of strep throat can include:
If you have had been exposed to strep throat or have had these symptoms for more than 48 hours, contact your doctor.
Strep throat is most common in children, but people of all ages can catch the illness. There are more incidences of strep throat during the fall and early spring, but you can develop strep throat at any time.
Because this bacteria is so contagious, strep usually thrives in areas where people are in close contact. To reduce your risk of contracting strep throat, you should:
Because strep throat is very common in children, teach them these practices as well to slow the spread of the strep bacteria.
During your appointment. Dr. Fatima conducts a full physical exam to look for signs of strep infection. Based on your symptoms and exam, she may swab your throat and run a rapid antigen test or a throat culture.
A rapid antigen test can detect strep bacteria in minutes, but sometimes yield negative results even if a strep infection is present. A throat culture sample is cultured in a laboratory, and results can take several days.
If you have a strep infection, Dr. Fatima will prescribe an oral antibiotic to reduce the duration and severity of your symptoms. If you are not feeling better after 48 hours, call Dr. Fatima.
Call Molani Medical Group or schedule an appointment online today.