Strep Throat Specialist

Texas Direct Primary Care

Primary Care Practice & Urgent Care located in Plano, TX

Strep throat is a common bacterial infection that can cause severe symptoms and permanent complications, if left untreated. Fortunately, relief is available for men and women in and around Plano, Texas, from Texas Direct Primary Care. There’s no need to head to a doctor’s office or urgent care clinic when you can be treated in the comfort of your own home. Call or schedule your appointment online to experience the difference that in-home care provides.

Strep Throat Q & A

What is strep throat?

Strep throat is a bacterial infection brought on by a certain type of Streptococcus bacteria, commonly called group A streptococcus. The condition is highly contagious, which is why it spreads so easily in schools and offices.

You can catch strep throat by exposure to airborne droplets spread by coughing or sneezing. You can even get sick after touching a surface a contaminated person recently touched, then transferring bacteria to your nose, eyes, or mouth.  

What are the symptoms of strep throat?

The primary symptom is a severe sore throat. Additional symptoms include:

  • Sudden fever
  • Redness or red spots in the back of your throat
  • Headache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Chills
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Difficulty swallowing

If you notice these symptoms, rapid strep testing is available through Texas Direct Primary Care. A simple throat swab gathers the information necessary to diagnose strep throat.

Why treat strep throat?

Most healthy adults can fight off a strep throat infection on their own over time. However, without treatment, the bacteria that caused your infection can spread to your middle ear, sinuses, tonsils, and even your skin or blood. Some men and women have serious inflammatory responses to strep throat, including rheumatic fever, kidney inflammation, and scarlet fever.

How is strep throat treated?

Once your nurse arrives at your home or office, a quick diagnostic process determines if your symptoms are caused by strep throat. If so, a quick course of antibiotics can clear up the infection.

Treatment also focuses on easing your symptoms. Your nurse and physician will advise you on the best medications to manage symptoms and ease your recovery. If you’ve become dehydrated, IV hydration therapy can help you restore proper fluid levels and feel better almost immediately.

It’s also important to take steps to prevent spreading the infection to others. Be sure to embrace proper handwashing techniques, and cover your mouth if you feel a cough or sneeze coming on. It’s also helpful to avoid sharing personal items or handling other people’s belongings while you’re ill.

If you suspect you have a strep throat infection, schedule an appointment with Texas Direct Primary Care today, either online or by phone. Your customized treatment can begin within just a few hours, and all from the comfort and convenience of your home or office.