Strep/Sore Throat Care for Children in Greater Orlando and Throughout Florida
Visit our doctors at Night Lite Pediatrics Urgent Care for treatment if your child is showing signs and symptoms of strep throat including throat pain. Walk ins are welcome with no appointment necessary.
A sore throat sometimes is just part of having a cold or the flu. It, however, can indicate your child has an infection known as strep throat. Your child may have signs that he or she has strep while other times you may not be able to distinguish between strep and other causes of a sore throat. At Night Lite Pediatrics Urgent Care, serving Orlando and the nearby Florida region, we may perform testing to determine the cause of your kid’s sore throat, and then we’ll provide him or her with the necessary treatment for a comfortable, quick recovery.
What Is Strep Throat?
Strep throat is a type of infection that affects the throat. It derives from group A streptococcus bacteria. It’s a common cause of sore throats, considering it’s the root of nearly 33 percent of all sore throats.
What Are the Symptoms of a Sore Throat?
Your child may have a sore throat accompanied by a fever, swollen tonsils, swollen or painful neck glands, or a fever. When you look at your child’s throat, you may notice he or she has red and white patches. Your child might express concern about having difficulty swallowing. Headache, malaise, loss of appetite, nausea, and a rash are other possibilities.
How Do We Diagnose a Strep Vs. Other Causes of a Sore Throat?
Often, we can tell the difference from your child’s symptoms. Additionally, we take into consideration your kid’s medical history. When further testing is necessary, our practitioner will perform a rapid strep test. During this exam, our practitioner will use a swab to gather fluid from your son or daughter’s throat. Our practitioner may then conduct a throat culture if it’s negative.
How Do We Treat a Sore Throat?
The cause of your sore throat determines the treatment. For a general sore throat from the cold or flu, we provide your child with medicine and care techniques to manage his or her discomfort. If your kid has strep or another infection that’s the cause of your son or daughter’s sore throat, we’ll prescribe an antibiotic that treats the underlying reason for your kid’s sore throat.
Generally, our practitioner will prescribe 10 days-worth of antibiotics to clear up strep. You’ll notice your child’s fever will go away within 24 hours. On the second or third day, other symptoms of strep will stop. Even once your child feels better, it’s important to complete the entire prescription. If you don’t, it’s possible for your child to continue to have the infection.
Can I Get My Child’s Sore Throat?
This all depends on the underlying cause. For example, a sore throat caused by allergies isn’t contagious. However, if your child has a cold or the flu that’s causing his or her sore throat, both are contagious. Additionally, strep throat is highly contagious.
How Can My Child Prevent Strep and Other Causes of a Sore Throat?
Sometimes, it’s extremely difficult for your child to prevent a sore throat or strep. During the school year, it’s very common since children are in close proximity to one another. It’s important to encourage your kid to not share drinks and always wash his or her hands regularly.
Alleviate your child’s sore throat by seeing Night Lite Pediatrics Urgent Care, serving Orlando and the surrounding Florida region. You may just walk in with your child and avoid the hassle of booking ahead.