Centra Care doctors report that Strep Throat is What’s Going Around.
Since bacteria is to blame, confirmed cases of Strep are most often treated with prescription antibiotics.
If left untreated, a person with Strep can remain contagious for upwards of three weeks – even if symptoms no longer remain.
The Centra Care locations that saw the greatest increases of pediatric patients with the contagious infection are:
- Orange Lake – up 400%
- Altamonte, Clermont and Winter Garden Village – up 200%
Typically, children between the ages of 5 and 15 are the ones who fall victim to Strep Throat, although anyone can develop the condition. The infection is easily spread by person-to-person contact with nasal secretions or saliva. It takes 2 to 5 days after being exposed to the bacteria that causes Strep to experience symptoms.
Symptoms usually begin suddenly. The sore throat can range from mild to severe and may be accompanied by other symptoms including:
- Fever that begins suddenly
- Red throat, sometimes with white patches
- General discomfort or ill feeling
- Loss of appetite
- Tender, swollen lymph nodes in the neck
- Difficulty swallowing
- Stomach ache
A Centra Care physician can diagnose Strep by examining you and conducting a rapid strep test. As previously mentioned, confirmed cases are treated with antibiotics to clear the bacteria and prevent further complications.