Urgent Care for Sore and Strep Throat

Evaluation and Treatment for Your Sore Throat

At GoHealth Urgent Care, we can help diagnose and treat strep or sore throat 7 days a week. Your visit begins with an evaluation of your symptoms by one of our experienced and caring healthcare providers. If required, we can provide on-site rapid strep tests for a quick diagnosis, and work with you to create a treatment plan that will help you feel better faster.  

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If you have a sore throat, come see us for testing and treatment. Search above for a center near you.

Sore and Strep Throat Symptoms

A sore throat can be a symptom of many different conditions such as the flu, strep throat, or allergies. But how can you tell the difference between a sore throat and strep throat? It is sometimes difficult to know the cause of your sore throat based on symptoms alone. Conditions may involve: 

  • Painful or irritated throat
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Body aches
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Hoarseness

The only way to know if it’s strep throat or a sore throat caused by other conditions is with a strep throat test. Only a healthcare provider can evaluate your symptoms, administer a strep test and determine the best course of action for you.

Sore and Strep Throat Causes

A sore throat can be caused by a virus or bacteria. For example, influenza and the common cold are common causes. Both are viral infections. 

About 15% of sore throats are caused by a bacteria known as Streptococcus pyogenes or “strep”. Strep throat is a highly contagious infection that makes your throat extremely sore. You may also experience fatigue, fever and body aches. 

Strep throat is common in children, particularly in the winter months, and can also produce symptoms of belly aches and headaches not typical in adults. One of the best ways you can avoid picking up bacteria's like Strep is by practicing good hand hygiene.

Mother and daughter washing hands

Sore and Strep Throat Testing and Treatment

If you have a sore throat that isn’t improving with at-home remedies or is accompanied by a high fever, it is best to visit a healthcare provider for an evaluation and possible strep throat diagnosis. When you visit any of our GoHealth Urgent Cares we will do an evaluation of your symptoms and conduct a strep throat test, if necessary. 

Strep throat treatment requires antibiotics, as it is caused by a bacterial infection. Your healthcare provider at GoHealth Urgent Care can also provide recommendations to soothe your symptoms while you wait for the antibiotic to work. While strep can go away on its own, after 1-2 miserable weeks, it is very important to receive treatment for strep throat to prevent possible rare, serious issues such as rheumatic fever and permanent heart disease. 

Other Conditions GoHealth Urgent Care Treats

At GoHealth Urgent Care we offer treatment for many other causes of sore throats, including:

  • Common cold and influenza
  • Upper respiratory infections
  • Tonsillitis
  • Allergies
  • Sinusitis
  • Pharyngitis
  • Bronchitis

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Frequently Asked Questions

When should I go to urgent care for a sore throat?

You should visit an urgent care center if your sore throat symptoms last more than 1-2 days or if you have a fever of 101 degrees or above. Visiting one of our GoHealth Urgent Cares for strep throat treatment is a great way to get the diagnosis and treatment you need.

How long does strep throat last?

Symptoms of strep throat usually appear 2-5 days after exposure to an infected person. While strep throat can clear up on its own after 3-7 days, most people need antibiotics to fully recover. Once you begin your antibiotics, you should feel better within a day or two. Ensure you complete your full dose of antibiotics as prescribed by your provider. 

Can strep throat go away on its own?

Yes, strep throat can go away on its own but we highly recommend get treated by a healthcare provider. Taking antibiotics can help reduce the risk of serious complications and help you feel better faster.

Is strep throat viral or bacterial?

Strep throat is a bacterial infection caused by Streptococcus pyogenes.

What is the difference between strep throat and tonsillitis?

Tonsillitis is a condition that involves inflammation of the tonsils, which are also located in the throat. This is different from strep, which is a bacterial infection of the throat. But strep can also infect the tonsils. This means that someone could have strep throat and tonsillitis at the same time. 

Is strep throat a sign of COVID-19?

No, COVID-19 is caused by a virus called SARS-COV2. Strep throat is caused by a bacterial infection

One of the symptoms of COVID-19 can be a sore throat. If you are unsure if you have strep or COVID-19, it is best to speak to a provider to evaluate your symptoms. 

Can I get a rapid strep test at GoHealth Urgent Care?

Yes, you can get a rapid strep test at any of our urgent care centers. A test for strep requires an evaluation from one of our providers. Just walk in or save your spot online at any of our convenient locations.