Is Your Sore Throat From Strep Throat or Something Else?

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At University Urgent Care in Fort Worth, TX, we treat mild illnesses and, during the COVID-19 pandemic, we offer COVID-19 testing too. Our ER doctors at our Fort Worth urgent care center work diligently to maintain the best possible cleanliness to keep our patients and staff safe and healthy. We follow all CDC guidelines closely. This testing is for anyone exhibiting symptoms of coronavirus, such as a sore throat.

Also, some symptoms of a cold are similar to coronavirus, so understanding when to be evaluated by a doctor is important. At an ENT visit, we can diagnose you with a cold, the flu, a sinus infection, allergies, or COVID-19. Learn more about how to find out how to best protect yourself from getting sick.

Can you go to urgent care for a sore throat?

It’s important to visit University Urgent Care if you or your child have severe signs and symptoms that include:

  • Difficulty breathing

  • Difficulty swallowing

  • Joint pain

  • A sore throat that is severe or lasts longer than a week

  • Fever higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit

  • A lump in your neck

Our medical team can treat a sore throat effectively at our Fort Worth, TX location.

What is strep throat?

Strep throat is a throat infection caused by bacteria known as Group A Streptococcus. This bacteria lives in the nose and throat and can spread easily. While strep is a mild infection, it can be painful. Some common symptoms of strep throat include:

  • Fever

  • Pain when swallowing

  • A sore throat that starts quickly

  • Red, swollen tonsils

  • Tiny and red spots on the roof of the mouth

  • Swollen lymph nodes

It usually takes two to five days for someone exposed to this bacteria to get sick.

Treating a sore throat

Your visit to University Urgent Care starts with a physical exam that looks at your ears, nasal passages, and your throat. We will also feel your neck to look for swollen glands. A strep test that includes a throat swab to get a sample can be done. A rapid antigen test can give a result within a few minutes; however, a more reliable test can be sent to a lab to get results in a day or two. If you don’t have strep, your sore throat is most likely caused by a viral infection, which doesn’t usually need medical treatment. Over-the-counter pain medications can help ease your symptoms. If your sore throat is caused by a bacterial infection, you will be prescribed antibiotics.

Seek sore throat treatment at an urgent care center

When you’re experiencing a sore throat or other symptoms of COVID-19, it’s important that our ER medical team evaluate you at a wellness exam. At University Urgent Care, we treat patients in Fort Worth, TX who are sick and aren’t sure if they have strep, an infection, or coronavirus. During the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important to prevent the spread of this deadly virus. To protect yourself from contracting coronavirus, wash your hands frequently, wear a mask, and practice social distancing. University Urgent Care serves the Frisco Heights, Tanglewood, Paschal, and TCU neighborhoods. We also offer online consultations for those with a sore throat, but we do recommend you visit our urgent care as we do need to perform either a strep test or COVID-19 test to determine the cause of your sore throat.

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