If your child is suffering from a sore throat and has symptoms like painful swallowing and a fever, she may have strep throat. If it’s strep throat, the earlier your child receives medication, the better. At UrgiKids in Naperville, Illinois, the team of physicians and nurses have an on-site lab, so strep tests can be performed in the office. Your child’s illness is treated right away so you don’t have to wait overnight before getting help. Call the office or schedule an appointment online.
Certain bacteria that live in the nose and throat cause strep, an infection of the throat and tonsils. Your child can catch strep throat from another child or adult who is sick, and it spreads when people who are carrying the bacteria cough or sneeze.
Your child can also catch strep from sharing a drinking glass, or touching something that a person with strep has coughed or sneezed on. The bacteria enter your body when you rub your nose, mouth, or eyes, which many of us do without thinking about it.
It’s important to get a sore throat checked as soon as possible to determine if it’s strep. If your child has any of the following symptoms, it’s time to contact the team of physicians and nurses at UrgiKids:
The UrgiKids staff performs a rapid strep test. If the provider sees obvious signs of strep, she performs this test, swabbing mucus from the back of your child’s throat. In 15 minutes, you’ll know whether your child tests positive for strep.