There you are, sipping your peppermint mocha and picking out the perfect sweater for your mom, when it hits you: the burning throat, the painful swallowing, the pounding headache.
Here we go again, you think. The most wonderful time of the year.
Strep throat affects nearly 10 million people every year, with cases increasing during the winter and spring months. Besides a painful sore throat, the symptoms of strep throat include a fever, headache, and white or yellow patches on your tonsils.
I Need a Strep Throat Cure!
Unfortunately, there is no cure for strep throat: only treatment.
How is strep throat treated?
Usually, once a doctor has determined that you have strep throat, he/she will prescribe antibiotics. Antibiotics are medicines that destroy or inhibit the growth of bacteria and will usually have you feeling well again within a week.
It is important to note, however, that antibiotics can stop working over time. We call this resistance, and it happens when the bacteria develop ways of countering the actions of the medication. Although resistance will often occur on its own, some of your actions could help encourage it. Because of this, you should:
- Take all of the antibiotics that a doctor prescribes, even if you begin to feel better before you have finished them all.
- Never take antibiotics to treat a viral infection like the cold or flu.
- Avoid using leftover antibiotics to treat future conditions.
For patients who have recurrent strep throat (strep throat that comes back multiple times during a season), a doctor may suggest removing your tonsils. Although getting your tonsils removed may reduce the rate at which you get the infection, a tonsillectomy is not a strep throat cure. In fact, many people who get their tonsils removed continue to get strep throat.
Don’t suffer through this winter trying to battle strep throat on your own. If you think you have strep throat, the medical professionals at FastMed Urgent Care can perform a rapid strep test and have results ready for you in 10 minutes. Besides that, FastMed also offers flu shots, vaccines, and treatment for a wide range of acute illnesses and injuries every day of the year. Check out these health tips to learn more!