As part of the direct primary care model, Dr. Kelley Stahl, MD, with Stahl Primary Care in Cumming, Georgia treats conditions that tend to hit people, especially kids, each flu and cold season such as a sore throat the might be strep. Strep throat is highly contagious and can lead to serious complications if left untreated.
Strep refers to Group A Streptococcus, a group of bacteria. When a patient has strep throat, they have an infection caused by one of this variety of microorganism: One that can easily spread to others through respiration or touch. Although strep throat tends to affect children more, patients can get it at any age. If left untreated, it can lead to rheumatic fever, scarlet fever, or kidney inflammation.
The most obvious symptom is pain in the back of the throat. If Dr. Stahl looks at the patient’s throat, it may appear raw and inflamed if they do, indeed, have strep throat. In some cases,there are colonies of bacteria, white spots, growing around the tonsils, as well. Other symptoms include:
Not all sore throats are strep; the symptoms are general and could indicate other types of infections including a virus. It’s important to see Dr. Stahl if you suspect strep to get culture and diagnosis.
It’s better for patients not to guess that they have strep throat, because streptococcal bacteria are highly contagious. While the patient tries to figure out if they have strep or not, they could be spreading the infection to everyone they encounter. Patients definitely need to see Dr. Stahl, though, if:
Once Dr. Stahl identifies strep as the cause of the sore throat, the next step is antibiotics. If the patient starts them within 48 hours of developing the infection, they can reduce the severity and lower the risk of complications. Dr. Stahl may recommend some home care, as well, like gargling with warm salt water and an over-the-counter pain reliever.
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