Strep Throat Specialist

Emcura Immediate Care

Urgent Care & Walk-In Primary Care located in Bloomfield, MI & Northville, Novi, MI

If you’re suffering from a sudden sore throat and red or swollen tonsils, you could have strep throat. The experienced team at Emcura Immediate Care in Bloomfield Hills and Northville Township, Michigan, offers fast and reliable testing for a wide range of conditions, including strep throat. To diagnose and treat your sore throat, call Emcura Immediate Care or schedule an appointment online today.

Strep Throat Q & A

What is strep throat?

Strep throat is a common bacterial infection that causes a sore and scratchy throat.

The bacteria Streptococcus pyogenes, the cause of strep throat, is very contagious. This bacteria can spread by air and expose you to infection in several ways, including by:

  • Sharing food or drinks with someone who has strep throat
  • Being around someone with strep who coughs or sneezes
  • Touching contaminated surfaces like doorknobs and then your eyes, nose, or mouth

Strep throat can also appear with other infections, such as mononucleosis.

What are the symptoms of strep throat?

The most common symptom of strep throat is sudden throat pain. Additional symptoms often include:

  • Red and swollen tonsils
  • Streaks of pus or white patches in your throat
  • Swollen and tender lymph nodes in your neck
  • Pain when swallowing
  • Headache or body aches
  • Fever or rash
  • Nausea or vomiting

If you’ve had these symptoms for more than two days, or have had contact with someone who has strep throat, schedule an appointment with the empathetic team at Emcura Immediate Care.

Who is at risk of developing strep throat?

People of all ages can catch strep throat, but it’s most common in children. While you can develop strep throat any time of year, most cases occur during the fall and early spring.

Because the strep throat bacteria is so contagious, it usually thrives in places where people are in close contact with each other. To reduce your chances of catching strep throat, it’s important to:

  • Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze
  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Don’t share drinking glasses or eating utensils

It’s also essential to teach these practices to your children so you can reduce the spread of the strep throat bacteria.

How is strep throat diagnosed and treated?

Your provider at Emcura Immediate Care performs a comprehensive physical exam to look for signs of a strep infection. Based on your physical evaluation, your provider might run additional tests as well to look for signs of infection.

To make a strep throat diagnosis, most clinics use standard throat cultures, but these tests have lower accuracy rates. Emcura Immediate Care offers more accurate strep tests and always sends negative results to the lab for confirmation. They’re also the first outpatient clinic to offer DNA strep testing, a 97% accurate, CLIA-waived screening you can perform at home.

If you test positive for strep, your provider usually prescribes oral antibiotics to treat your infection.

For more information about strep throat testing and treatment, call Emcura Immediate Care or schedule an appointment online today.