Strep Throat Test in Greenville, SC
AFC Urgent Care Center on Augusta St offers children and adults rapid strep throat testing with quick results, no appointment necessary.
The usual suspects for a sore throat are often viruses, allergens, irritants in the air, or chronic post nasal drip. While annoying and often causing you to feel cruddy, sore throats from these causes will generally get better on their own requiring only assistance from over the counter medicines. However strep throat does require medical intervention to ensure you do not infect others and don’t risk suffering from rare, but severe complications. Stop by AFC Urgent Care Center in Greenville, SC on Augusta St today and be treated by our physicians at our state of the art walk in medical clinic. No appointment is ever needed to access our services to get you on the road to recovery.
What is Strep Throat and How Do You Get It?
There is some overlap of symptoms when it comes to strep throat and a common cold virus. Therefore many people mistake strep throat for the flu. But while the flu is caused by a virus, strep throat is caused by streptococcal bacteria that infects the throat and tonsils. Since it is bacteria, it requires antibiotics for treatment. This infection is surprisingly contagious. Friends, family, and coworkers only need to breath in the droplets that exit your mouth when you breathe to be exposed to this bacterium. They can also be picked up off surfaces if you frequently touch your hand to your mouth. Once infected, you should expect to see symptoms appear in about 2 to 5 days. In the United States, including the Greenville, SC area, children and teenagers are statistically more likely to come down with strep throat. With that said, adults can also be susceptible to this infection and need as much treatment as children or teenagers do.
Do I Have Strep Throat or Just A Cold?
Say “Ah” and the doctor can figure out if you have strep throat, right? Not quite. While that may work just fine in the movies, only a strep throat test can positively verify you are infected. Why test? The right treatment needs to be applied to the right ailment. If you are suffering from a bad flu virus, antibiotics are going to do little if anything to alleviate your symptoms. The rapid strep throat test AFC Urgent Care Center in Greenville, SC administers is processed at our onsite lab. You don’t need to call later in the day or come back the next day for results. Our highly experienced doctors will have results for you in just a short wait. So, should you go to a walk-in urgent care facility every time your throat feels strange for a strep throat test? No, that would be impractical. However, there are a few unique symptoms you should look out for to help you decide whether you should get tested.
Probably Not Strep Throat
- Runny nose
- Stuffy nose
- General cold symptoms
Possibly Strep Throat
- Sudden sore throat
- Painful swallowing
- Temperature of over 101°F (38.3° C)
- White or yellow spots on the back of a bright read throat.
Couldn’t I just wait this out? Do I need antibiotics?
Assuming you don’t suffer any rare but severe complications, strep throat will clear up on its own over time. However, you remain contagious to your friends, family, and coworkers. In fact, you remain contagious for 2 to 3 weeks even if you don’t feel or show any of the symptoms. You put the health of your social and professional circles at risk if you don’t seek proper treatment. The good news is once you start a regimen of antibiotics, you generally stop being contagious after about 24 hours. Besides stopping you from being contagious, antibiotics will get you feeling better much faster than waiting it out. Visit AFC Urgent Care Center walk in medical clinic in Greenville on Augusta St today and take the first step to feeling better!
What do I do if I think I have Strep Throat?
Showing some of the symptoms of strep throat? Suspect that this might not just be another flu virus? Don’t wait days for your primary care physician to become available, visit AFC Urgent Care on Augusta St today! No appointment is necessary. Our highly experienced medical professionals will greet you and give you or your child a strep throat test to properly diagnose you. After the test is administered, it only takes about 10 to 15 minutes to get the results back from our state of the art onsite lab. If the test results come back positive, our physician will give you a prescription for antibiotics. This can be sent to a pharmacy of your choosing. We are very mindful about over prescribing antibiotics, so you will only receive one if you test positive for strep throat. If the result is negative, our doctor will still treat you for your symptoms and help you get on the right path to feel better. It’s our goal to give you top notch medical care quickly at an affordable cost.
Still have questions about strep throat or the services we offer here? Give us a call and our friendly staff will be more than happy to help! We look forward to serving you at AFC Urgent Care Center in Greenville on Augusta St.