Strep throat is caused by the streptococcus bacteria. It can strike both young and old, and is highly contagious. It is most frequently spread by an infected person sneezing, coughing and touching hands, door knobs or other hard surfaces, where the bacteria can live for as long as several hours.
If you suspect that you have strep throat, a rapid strep test can quickly confirm it or let you know that what you have is a virus. If you are infected a medical professional will provide you with a prescription for antibiotics to cure you and prevent you from spreading the illness to others. The FastMed Urgent Care in Glendale, Arizona can administer the rapid strep test quickly and conveniently, and no appointment is necessary. Just stop in any day of the week.