Is a sore throat ruining your summer plans? There’s nothing worse than not being able to enjoy the beautiful days of summer because you aren’t feeling well.

Wondering whether your sore throat could be strep throat? Stop by our urgent care center in Ooltewah to get a diagnosis and get started on the road to healing.

What Is Strep Throat?

Strep throat is a bacterial infection that can lead to a sore and scratchy throat, among other symptoms. Because strep throat is transmitted through airborne particles, it’s highly contagious.

Along with an irritated and inflamed throat, you may also experience a variety of other symptoms:

Symptoms of Strep Throat

  • Body aches
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Rash
  • Red spots on roof of mouth
  • Swollen tonsils
  • Vomiting
  • White patches on tonsils

How Is Strep Throat Diagnosed?

If you believe you may have strep throat, your doctor can confirm or rule out the condition with a throat culture and/or blood work.

Fortunately, lab work can be done at AFC Urgent Care Ooltewah seven days a week, so we can help no matter when your symptoms strike. If you have strep throat, a doctor will prescribe antibiotics to rid your body of the infection.

At-home Strep Throat Treatments

  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Eat soothing foods, such as soup or ice cream.
  • Use a humidifier to increase the moisture level in the air.
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Gargle warm salt water.

Is your sore throat not getting any better? Visit AFC Urgent Care Ooltewah today so that we can get you back to feeling your best.