Strep Throat

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My Kids' Doctor

Pediatrics located in Kissimmee, FL & Lake Nona, FL

Strep throat isn’t like other sore throats. If your child is complaining of a sore throat, it’s important to check their symptoms and bring them into My Kids’ Doctor. Left untreated, strep throat can develop into more serious health conditions. Fortunately, the expert practitioners at My Kids’ Doctor treat strep throat from their offices in Orlando and Kissimmee, Florida, protecting your child’s health and giving them quick relief from their symptoms. Don’t hesitate to call them or schedule your appointment online.

Strep Throat Q & A

What is strep throat?

Strep throat is most common in children. It starts as a sore throat. But unlike most other sore throats, it’s caused by a bacterial infection. Without antibiotics, the bacteria lingers, extending your child’s symptoms. 

What’s worse, it can also spread to other areas of their body and cause inflammatory illnesses, including scarlet fever and rheumatic fever. 

Strep throat is marked by:

  • A sore throat that develops quickly
  • Swollen lymph glands
  • Tonsils that look reddened, swollen, and may have white patches or pus
  • Small red spots at the back of the roof of the mouth
  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Body aches
  • Pain when swallowing

If your child has a sore throat that lasts more than two days or comes with a fever, get in touch with My Kids’ Doctor to determine if they have strep throat. 

How is strep throat diagnosed?

The practitioners at My Kids’ Doctor are extremely experienced in diagnosing strep throat. With a simple physical exam, they can see if it’s likely that your child has been infected by the bacteria that causes strep throat. 

To confirm that diagnosis, they swab your child’s throat and send that sample to the lab for testing. My Kids’ Doctor has an on-site medical lab so they can get you the diagnosis as quickly as possible. 

If your son or daughter does have strep throat, they offer treatment that helps them eradicate the bacteria as quickly as possible.

How is strep throat treated?

Because it’s a bacteria, strep throat is treated with antibiotics. Within 48 hours of taking the prescribed antibiotics, your child should feel markedly better. And your child won’t be contagious within 24 hours of taking the antibiotic, which means they can return to school a day after treatment starts provided they feel well enough. 

To help them heal as quickly as possible, encourage lots of rest and hydration. Offering easy-to-swallow foods and warm drinks helps soothe their sore throat. You can also have your child gargle ¼ teaspoon of salt dissolved in eight ounces of warm water to relieve their throat pain. 

With proper treatment, strep throat resolves quickly. Get your child the care they need by calling My Kids’ Doctor or scheduling your appointment online as soon as symptoms develop.