When severe throat pain is interfering with your child’s routine, don’t delay an evaluation for strep throat. At Yeled Shalom Pediatric Clinic, experienced pediatrician, Eliézer Hernández, MD, PA, offers on-site rapid strep testing to confirm a diagnosis, so treatment can start as soon as possible. If your child’s throat pain or swollen lymph nodes are causing you concern, schedule a consultation using the online booking system or by calling the Eagle Pass, Texas, office.
Strep throat is an infection that develops in the throat and tonsils due to Streptococcus group A bacteria.
These bacteria are found in the nose and throat and can be spread easily through direct contact with an infected person, or when the bacterial spreads through a cough or sneeze.
While anyone can develop strep throat, the infection is more common in children, especially those in daycare, school, or other group settings.
In many cases, strep throat symptoms are similar to those of a sore throat common with a cold or flu. As the infection worsens, your child may develop increasing throat pain along with:
Some children may also develop a headache, unexplained stomach pain, and nausea or vomiting as the result of a strep infection.
If left untreated, strep throat can cause additional health complications, including rheumatic fever and an increased risk for heart damage.
To determine if your child’s throat pain is a simple sore throat or has advanced into strep throat, the medical team at Yeled Shalom Pediatric Clinic performs a visual exam of their throat and tonsils and checks the lymph nodes in the neck for swelling.
The pediatric specialists also offer on-site rapid strep tests to confirm strep throat. This test is painless and involves a quick swab of the back of the throat.
If your child’s strep test is positive, your Yeled Shalom Pediatric Clinic provider prescribes a course of antibiotics to clear the infection. In some cases, a negative strep test needs to be sent to a medical lab for further evaluation to confirm your child doesn’t have strep.
It’s important that your child takes the antibiotics as your Yeled Shalom Pediatric Clinic doctor prescribes, even when they start feeling better. Missing doses of the medication can result in the return of the infection.
If your child has a persistent sore throat that isn’t getting better with home care, schedule a strep throat test at Yeled Shalom Pediatric Clinic online or by phone today.