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About Strep Throat
Strep throat is a highly contagious bacterial infection. Symptoms are usually mild, but serious complications can occur. There is a quick test available at WellNow that can determine whether streptococcus bacteria are present or whether you have a more common viral infection.
• sore throat
• pain when swallowing
• red or swollen tonsils
• tiny red spots on the roof of the mouth
• swollen lymph nodes
• stomach pain
Cough, runny nose, hoarseness, and pink eye are not strep throat symptoms and their presence suggests that your infection may be viral instead of bacterial. Some people with strep throat may also have a rash, known as scarlet fever.
Strep throat is treated with antibiotics. A WellNow professional can quickly determine whether your sore throat is due to viral or bacterial infection and thus whether antibiotics are appropriate. Antibiotics may shorten your illness, prevent the disease spreading to others, and mitigate complications like rheumatic fever. WellNow can dispense your antibiotics onsite, avoiding hassles and accelerating your recovery time!