Ask-A-Doc, March

Posted 10/07/19 (Mon)

Strep Throat: Understanding Symptoms and Getting Treatment Fast

Answer from Jodi Myrvik, Business Manager at UND CFM.

Q: What is strep throat and why is treatment important?

A: Strep throat (streptococcal pharyngitis) is a bacterial infection that can causes a sore, scratchy throat.

Strep throat comes on suddenly – one moment you’re fine and the next your throat is killing you. You're running a high fever, all of your energy is sapped, and white or yellow spots appear on the back of the bright red throat. 

Strep throat is easily passed from person to person. If you interact with someone with strep throat, it will typically take 2 to 5 days before you start to have symptoms. Although strep symptoms feel awful, it can be easily cured with antibiotics and can alleviate some discomfort within 24 hours.  If you don't take antibiotics, you may be contagious for 2 to 3 weeks, even if your symptoms go away. 

Strep throat should not be taken lightly. Untreated, it can continue to spread to others and cause more serious infections. Rarely, untreated strep throat can lead to heart damage from rheumatic fever or acute nephritis (which can damage your kidneys) -- and both can be fatal.

If you or a loved one is experiencing the symptoms of strep throat, make an appointment at CFM today!


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