At CityMD urgent care, we offer a rapid strep tests for strep throat that provide results within five minutes. If you need antibiotics, weâ€™ll prescribe them. We can also advise you on best practices to prevent the illness from spreading, such as frequent hand washing and replacing your toothbrush.
Diagnosing Strep Throat
You will need a strep throat test to identify if your sore throat is more than just a viral infection (pharyngitis). When your sore throat is caused by the streptococcal bacteria, then your sore throat is a group A streptococcal (or strep) infection, and you will need antibiotics, usually amoxicillin or penicillin.
A regular sore throat comes on gradually, but strep throat often comes on very suddenly and severely. You may have a high fever (above 101 degrees), and your lymph nodes and tonsils may swell. If youâ€™re able to look at your own throat, it may appear bright red, and be covered with spots that are white or yellow.
Treating Strep Throat
Once you get a rapid strep test and start taking antibiotics for strep throat, you should be able to return to normal activities such as work, school, or daycare after the first 24 hours of treatment. Failing to take antibiotics could mean that you are contagious for as long as three weeks. If your family keeps getting strep over and over again, you may want to consider getting your whole family to take a strep throat test to find out if one of you is a carrier. Carriers harbor the strep bacteria but do not manifest symptoms. Treating the carrier may break the strep cycle.
Strep throat is highly contagious and occurs most often in children between the ages of five and fifteen. Failing to treat strep throat can lead to complications, ranging from ear infections and sinusitis to more severe illnesses like rheumatic fever and scarlet fever, and even a rare kidney infection known as post-streptococcal glomerulonephritis.
For immediate, fast, and comprehensive care, just walk in any of our urgent care clinics for a rapid strep test today! You may also register online to expedite your wait time, or call us at 212-772-3627 with any questions.