Not all sore throats qualify as strep throat, but it’s important to get a diagnosis and proper treatment because of the complications that can arise from untreated strep throat. Neil Furman, DO, is a general practitioner that can treat your strep throat and get back to work and daily activities again. If your throat has been sore for two days or longer, call or schedule an appointment online at Dr. Furman’s office in North Miami Beach, Florida, to find out if you have strep throat.
Strep throat is a type of bacterial infection that affects your throat. Like any infection, it can spread to other parts of your body and cause serious complications.
While strep throat is most common in children, you can get it at any age. If your throat feels sore, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have strep throat. However, if it doesn’t go away within a few days, you should visit your doctor for a diagnosis.
Strep throat is highly contagious, so you’re at risk of catching it if someone near you has the infection. Like many common and contagious illnesses, you are more likely to catch strep throat during the winter. This is because you are more likely to stay inside and in close vicinity to other people.
You can catch strep throat after someone who is infected coughs or sneezes near you, or if you touch a surface and proceed to touch your mouth or nose without washing your hands.
Strep throat comes with several symptoms. Since many common symptoms of strep throat are associated with other illnesses, it’s important to have a diagnosis to receive the correct treatment.
Symptoms of strep throat include:
Once he has evaluated your symptoms, Dr. Furman gives you a customized treatment plan.
Strep throat is easily treatable if it is diagnosed early and before the infection spreads. Treatments for strep throat include:
In order to avoid spreading the infection to friends, family members, or coworkers, it’s important for you to keep your hands clean, cover your mouth when coughing, and avoid sharing items that touch your mouth.
If you’re experiencing the symptoms of strep throat, Dr. Furman can help you develop a treatment plan to relieve your symptoms. Call or schedule an appointment online with Neil Furman, DO, to find out more about strep throat.