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Sore Throat

If you're seeking immediate treatment of a sore throat, get quick attention from the medical professional at Gwinnett Urgent Care Center.

Sore throat pain is a commonly experienced symptom which may lead to a doctor's visit.

Causes Of Sore Throat

Sore throat, or pharyngitis, can be caused by a variety of reasons. Symptoms of pharyngitis can be caused by post nasal drip by a sinus infection or seasonal allergies, a viral upper respiratory illness, or strep throat. With respect to an infection directly affecting the throat, the vast majority of pharyngitis cases are caused by viruses and usually improve on their own within 3-5 days.

Sore Throat and Strep Throat

Strep throat, however, is caused by a bacterial infection and requires antibiotic therapy. If strep throat is not adequately treated, it is possible to suffer long term medical complications to the heart and kidneys.

Treatment Of A Strep Throat

A medical professional will be able to determine what is the most likely cause of the pharyngitis. A throat swab may be ordered to help with the diagnosis. If a child is diagnosed with strep throat, antibiotics are available in liquid form in a once daily dose. Oftentimes, the patient with a strep throat will also suffer with fever, chills, cough and nasal congestion. These other symptoms will also respond to medications which provide symptom relief. A child with strep throat is contagious to others and should be kept away from school and other children for at least 24 hours after the antibiotics have been started.