Strep throat is most common in children between age 5 and 15, although anyone can get it. Sometimes a sore throat can simply be a side effect of a cold or flu. But did you know that a sore throat can be an indication of a bacterial infection?

Pediatric strep throat can cause the back of the throat, tonsils, and mouth to be inflamed.

At Night Lite Pediatrics, we test for strep throat to help find the best treatment option for your child.

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Is Strep Throat Dangerous?

The severity of strep throat can vary depending on the person presenting with the symptoms. When left untreated, strep throat can develop into more serious complications such as rheumatic fever. Sore throats should only be treated with antibiotics if the strep test is positive. Antibiotics are taken to prevent rare but more serious health problems.

Whether you’re suffering from strep throat or you need a flu test, at Night Lite Pediatrics

you can receive emergency room care quality treatment without having to go through any of the usual hassle. We do accept most insurances.

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What Are the Symptoms of Strep Throat?

Symptoms may be mild or severe. You usually start to feel sick about 2 to 5 days after you come in contact with the bacteria.

Symptoms usually begin suddenly, and can include:

  • Fever that begins suddenly and is often highest on the second day
  • Red, sore throat, sometimes with white patches
  • Headache, nausea, chills,
  • General ill feeling
  • Loss of appetite and abnormal taste
  • Swollen lymph in the neck.
  • Difficulty swallowing

Some strains of strep throat can lead to a scarlet fever-like rash. This rash is thought to be an allergic reaction to toxins made by the strep bacteria.

Although symptoms of strep throat for kids usually present between the ages of 5-15, strep throat in toddlers 3 years old and under is less common.

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How Do We Diagnose Strep Throat?

Strep throat has a more distinct presentation than common sore throats associated with colds and the flu. Our practitioners can also perform a rapid strep test.

This test requires the practitioner to swab the back of the throat and place the liquid in a vial which gives us a rapid result. If negative, we have resources allowing us to perform a throat culture for an accurate diagnosis.

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Strep Throat Treatment

Once we determine the causes of your symptoms, we can offer you the appropriate  strep throat treatment.

Because strep throat is a bacterial infection, our doctors will prescribe your child a course of antibiotics.

When to Call your Pediatrician or Return to Night Lite Pediatrics:

  • If your child is not feeling better 48 hrs after starting antibiotics.
  • If the sore throat does not go away after 3 days.
  • High fever 48 hours after antibiotics started.

Can Night Lite Pediatrics Speed Up The Recovery Time?

Yes, we can. Given our on-site laboratory and after-hours opening, we can perform rapid tests for strep throat, allowing us to get results as soon as possible.

Once we prescribe an antibiotic suited to your child, they should notice relief within 24-48 hours of treatment.

Strep Throat FAQs

Yes, strep throat is contagious. Strep throat is spread by person-to-person contact with nasal secretions or saliva. It commonly spreads among family or household members.

Strep throat is transmitted through air droplets. Therefore you can contract strep throat by:

  • Being coughed or sneezed on or within close proximity
  • Using the same cutlery as an infected individual
  • Touching door handles
  • During daycare or nursery

Although some cases of strep throat can be cleared without treatment, untreated strep throat has the potential to develop into a more serious infection that can affect areas of the ear, nose, and throat.

Symptoms should begin to improve 24-48 hours after starting antibiotics.

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