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Strep Throat Treatment in Severna Park, MD

Kids and adults alike are all susceptible to strep throat. This highly contagious disease comes from a bacteria called group A Streptococcus.

Group A strep can actually live within the nose or throat without causing any sort of harm to its host. These bacteria only become a problem when they come into contact with an infected person.

This transfer can happen any time, and is quite easily spread through coughing, sneezing, sharing dishes or utensils, etc.

Symptoms of Strep

Since strep throat is a very common disease it is important to know its symptoms, which consist of:

  • A sore throat
  • Pain upon swallowing
  • Fever
  • Very swollen tonsils that may also have white or yellow spots
  • Small red spots, known as petechiae, located on the roof of the mouth
  • Swollen lymph nodes on one or both sides of the neck
  • Headache
  • Stomach pain
  • Nausea and vomiting

Although many patients report them as symptoms of strep, a cough, runny nose, and hoarseness all have nothing to do with strep throat. These are signs of another possible illness, which could be occurring along with a case of strep, but is not connected to strep in any way.

It is wise to go see Dr. Lee A. Kleiman if you believe yourself to be sick with strep throat. Untreated cases of strep can develop to cause several serious health problems such as:

  • Infection of the tonsils, sinuses, skin, blood, or middle ear
  • Scarlet fever
  • Inflammation of the kidneys
  • Rheumatic fever

Diagnosing Strep

Most doctors follow the same basic process when a patient comes in with a possible case of strep throat. First, they will conduct a rapid strep test.

A rapid strep test involves taking a swab from the back of the patient’s throat and then testing this sample for particular substances that are associated with strep throat. Within minutes, the rapid strep test will show whether or not the patient has strep.

Some people can experience a false negative from their rapid strep test. If the results of the rapid strep test are inconclusive, then the physician will do a throat culture. A throat culture requires the same kind of swab from the back of the patient’s throat, which is then placed in a petri dish for a couple of days. Over time, the sample may begin to grow inside of the petri dish, which concludes that the individual who provided the sample does indeed have strep throat.

Treatment for Strep Throat

Thankfully, strep throat is quite easy to treat using antibiotics. After 24 hours of taking these antibiotics, you will no longer be contagious. This does not mean that you can stop taking the prescribed antibiotics.

In order to be fully effective and prevent the person’s strep throat from immediately returning, they must finish the entire supply of antibiotics prescribed to them. This period usually lasts for about 10 days.

It is also possible to relieve common symptoms of strep throat, particularly a sore throat, by taking over-the-counter medications such as anti-inflammatories. This will help to reduce the swelling of the tonsils, which can making speaking and eating much more manageable.

How to Prevent Strep Throat

The best way to avoid catching strep throat from another person is to practice daily healthy habits, such as:

  • Frequently washing your hands
  • Staying hydrated
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Utilizing a humidifier
  • Gargle with salt water if you begin to notice any throat pain
  • Consume foods that are easy to swallow
  • Avoid potentially irritating substances like cigarette smoke or fumes from cleaning products

Schedule an Appointment

If you believe your sore throat is due to strep, do not wait to find treatment! Strep throat can be a very serious condition that can be easily treated with antibiotics. Contact Severn River ENT today by calling (410) 544-9988.

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HEALTH ALERT:  COVID-19 (Novel 2019 Corona virus)

Attention:  Severn River ENT does not have the ability to test for COVID-19.  Please contact your primary care doctor, if you have concerns or questions about being tested.

1)  If you or your loved one is experiencing cough, shortness of breath, fever or other flu-like symptoms, and you already have a scheduled appointment with us, we are asking you to please call us instead of coming into the office. A medical professional will triage you over the phone, and determine the appropriate course of action.

2)  If you are over the age of 60 and/or have underlying medical conditions like diabetes or heart or lung disease, cancer, compromised immunity, we strongly encourage you to consider rescheduling your non-essential appointments for at least 10-12 weeks out.

3)  Please be assured that we are closely following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and State of Maryland guidelines during this evolving COVID-19 crisis, and taking every precaution to protect the health of our patients and staff. 

4)Please go to the following websites for the latest updates:  

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
https://living.aahs.org/news/coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/
https://www.umms.org/bwmc/patients-visitors/coronavirus

Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns, and remember to wash your hands frequently, and limit your social contacts in these ensuing weeks, as much as possible, in order to slow the spread of the virus in our community.  We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

Thank you,
Dr. Kleiman and the medical team 
Severn River ENT

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