Strep throat is a bacterial infection that affects the throat, the tonsils, or both. It is caused by the streptococcal bacteria and is highly contagious. Strep throat is easily treated with antibiotics, but if left untreated can progress to a number of serious conditions.
The most common symptom of strep throat is a painful sore throat, though it can also produce white spots on the back of the throat, a fever and swollen tonsils and lymph nodes. It is difficult to tell whether a sore throat is caused by a virus or by strep without having a rapid strep test or throat culture done. You can walk into the FastMed Urgent Care in Chandler, Arizona without an appointment any day of the week and get a rapid strep test done so that you know whether you have strep or not. They can also prescribe the antibiotics you need if your test is positive.