Get to the Bottom of Your Sore Throat With a Strep Test at UHealth Jackson Urgent Care – Country Walk
A strep test can detect the presence of group A streptococcus bacteria, which can cause an infection in the throat and tonsils. Many symptoms of strep, including throat pain, swallowing difficulties, and fever, are indistinguishable from those caused by other illnesses. However, while most sore throats caused by a virus will resolve within a few days without treatment, a strep throat can lead to serious complications, such as pneumonia, if not promptly treated with an appropriate antibiotic. For this reason, it is important to accurately diagnose a severe or persistent sore throat with a strep test.
For the peace of mind you need, you can turn to the healthcare professionals at UHealth Jackson Urgent Care – Country Walk, where you can receive a fast and accurate strep test. Your throat culture will be reviewed by a UHealth – the University of Miami pathologist as well as an on-site physician. Based on the result of your strep test, we can recommend an individualized treatment plan to help you feel better and recover fully.
At UHealth Jackson Urgent Care – Country Walk, our simple strep test procedure works like this:
- We’ll ask you to tilt your head backward and open your mouth wide.
- We may use a tongue depressor to get a better view of your throat.
- We’ll gently rub a sterile swab over the back of your throat and tonsils to obtain a sample.
- We’ll culture the sample in our on-site laboratory for the presence of strep A bacteria (this involves placing the sample on a special plate that will allow any bacteria within in to grow, and then performing chemical tests on the cultured sample).
When the results of your strep test are available, we’ll review them with you. A positive throat culture means that strep or other infectious bacteria are present in your throat. Once we know what is causing your infection, we can develop an appropriate treatment plan. For instance, to address a bacterial infection, we may prescribe an antibiotic, such as penicillin or amoxicillin. If necessary to relieve throat pain or reduce fever, we may also recommend over-the-counter medications, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
If you’d like to receive a clinical strep test at UHealth Jackson Urgent Care – Country Walk, you are welcome to stop by any time between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. We’re open seven days a week, and we do not require referrals.