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Strep throat treatment is necessary to help your symptoms go away so you can find relief quickly. There are no over-the-counter medicines to treat strep throat. It’s typically treated with oral antibiotics or over-the-counter pain relievers to help with some of the uncomfortable symptoms (fever, soreness).
If you’re worried you may have strep throat, don’t question your diagnosis. Schedule a virtual consultation with a healthcare provider right away. We can help you to better define your symptoms so you can get the treatment you need.
A bacterial infection that may cause a sore, scratchy throat. The infection is generally transmitted by direct contact with the mucus or sores of someone else with strep.
Some of the most common strep throat symptoms include:
- Throat pain that happens suddenly
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Red/swollen tonsils
- White patches in the throat
- Swelling or redness in the back of the throat
Strep throat can also cause other flu-like symptoms, including fever, chills, nausea, and vomiting. However, if you’re experiencing swelling or redness or see white patches or dots in the back of your throat, it’s likely to be strep.
Strep throat is caused by infection with a bacterium known as Streptococcus pyogenes, also called group A streptococcus. Streptococcal bacteria are contagious. They can spread through droplets when someone with the infection coughs or sneezes, or through shared food or drinks. You can also pick up the bacteria from a doorknob or other surface and transfer them to your nose, mouth or eyes.