Sore Throat Care for Children In Oklahoma
Visit our doctors at Immediate Care of Oklahoma for treatment if your child is showing signs and symptoms of strep throat including throat pain. Sore throat causes mild pain burning and irritation in the throat when your child experience fever, headaches, tonsils, swollen gland, and skin rash. Sore throat happens when your child is infected by a virus or bacteria, tonsillitis, allergies, and acid reflux. Walk-ins are welcome with no appointment necessary. For more information, contact us or request an appointment online. We are conveniently located at convenient locations in OKC near Del City and Midwest City, West Moore, South Oklahoma City, Edmond, Yukon, Tecumseh (near Shawnee), and Norman, OK.
Table of Contents:
What Is Strep Throat?
What Are the Symptoms of a Sore Throat?
How Do We Diagnose a Strep Vs. Other Causes of a Sore Throat?
How Do We Treat a Sore Throat?
Can I Get My Child’s Sore Throat?
How Can My Child Prevent Strep and Other Causes of a Sore Throat?
A sore throat sometimes is just part of having a cold or the flu. It, however, can indicate your child has an infection known as strep throat. Your child may have signs that he or she has strep while at other times you may not be able to distinguish between strep and other causes of a sore throat. At Immediate Care of Oklahoma, we may perform testing to determine the cause of your kid’s sore throat, and then we’ll provide him or her with the necessary treatment for a comfortable, quick recovery.
Strep throat is a type of infection that affects the throat. It derives from group A streptococcus bacteria. It’s a common cause of sore throats, considering it’s the root of nearly 33 percent of all sore throats.
Your child may have a sore throat accompanied by a fever, swollen tonsils, and swollen or painful neck glands, or a fever. When you look at your child’s throat, you may notice he or she has red and white patches. Your child might express concern about having difficulty swallowing. Headache, malaise, loss of appetite, nausea, and a rash are other possibilities.
Often, we can tell the difference between your child’s symptoms. Additionally, we take into consideration your kid’s medical history. When further testing is necessary, our practitioner will perform a rapid strep test. During this exam, our practitioner will use a swab to gather fluid from your son or daughter’s throat. Our practitioner may then conduct a throat culture if it’s negative.
The cause of your sore throat determines the treatment. For a general sore throat from the cold or flu, we provide your child with medicine and care techniques to manage his or her discomfort. If your kid has strep or another infection that’s the cause of your son or daughter’s sore throat, we’ll prescribe an antibiotic that treats the underlying reason for your kid’s sore throat.
You’ll notice your child’s fever will go away within 24 hours. On the second or third day, other symptoms of strep will stop. Even once your child feels better, it’s important to complete the entire prescription. If you don’t, your child can continue to have the infection.
This all depends on the underlying cause. For example, a sore throat caused by allergies isn’t contagious. However, if your child has a cold or the flu that’s causing his or her sore throat, both are contagious. Additionally, strep throat is highly contagious.
Sometimes, it’s extremely difficult for your child to prevent a sore throat or strep. During the school year, it’s very common since children are near one another. It’s important to encourage your kid to not share drinks and always wash his or her hands regularly.
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