Strep Throat

DTLA Urgent Care

Urgent Care & Multi-Specialty Group located in Arts District, Los Angeles, CA

Strep throat is a painful condition resulting in discomfort and soreness in the throat. At DTLA Urgent Care in the Arts District of Los Angeles, the team of highly qualified medical specialists provides prompt diagnosis and treatment for patients experiencing symptoms of strep throat. To receive an evaluation of your condition, drop by or call the office or book an appointment online.

Strep Throat

What causes strep throat?

Strep throat is a common bacterial infection. It is caused by Streptococcus pyogenes, a highly contagious type of bacteria that can be spread through coughing, sneezing, and close contact with infected persons.

Strep throat can also be transferred through surfaces like doorknobs and handles. Because it’s highly contagious, Streptococcus pyogenes is most commonly spread amongst school-aged children.

What are the symptoms of strep throat?

The symptoms of strep throat can cause a considerable amount of discomfort. Patients with strep throat can experience a number of symptoms including:

  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Painful swallowing
  • Red and swollen tonsils
  • White patches on the throat and back of the mouth
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Body Aches
  • Swollen or sensitive lymph nodes in the neck

Patients experiencing these symptoms don’t always have strep throat. Because these symptoms can signal a number of different conditions, it's important to discuss your condition with one of the experienced physicians at DTLA Urgent Care to receive a proper diagnosis and prompt treatment.

How is strep throat treated?

The first step your doctor takes to treat your condition is testing to confirm the infection. Strep throat infections can be tested in a number of ways, with the first being a physical exam to check for signs and symptoms.

Then, a rapid antigen test, which is performed using a swab sample from your throat, is used to test for the presence of Streptococcus bacteria. Rapid antigen tests can be performed in minutes, allowing for immediate treatment.

If your rapid antigen test comes back negative but your doctor still suspects an infection, they might also decide to perform a throat culture test. A throat culture is a more accurate way of testing for Streptococcus bacteria using a swab from the throat that is then cultured and tested in a lab. This method can take up to two days.

Once your DTLA Urgent Care doctor confirms your diagnosis, you can begin treatment. Because strep throat is a bacterial infection, treatment involves a round of antibiotics. Most patients remain contagious until 24 hours after treatment has begun.

If you suspect you or a loved one is infected with strep throat, it's important to seek treatment as soon as possible. If left untreated, strep throat infection can spread to other areas like the ears and sinuses, and can also result in rheumatic fever or kidney inflammation.

To get tested for strep throat, book an appointment by phone or online today.