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Sore Throat vs. Strep Throat

Nobody likes the idea of having their winter activities interrupted by a scratchy or irritated throat. While a sore throat is a common symptom of the cold or flu, it could also be symptomatic of a streptococcus bacteria, or strep throat. This bacteria causes an infection in the throat that is very painful, and typically requires an antibiotic for treatment.

What are the symptoms?

A cold-related sore throat is typically:

  • Accompanied by sneezing or a runny nose
  • Lasts 2-3 days

Strep throat symptoms can include:

  • Fever and nausea
  • A red, irritated throat
  • White patches on the throat

If you're experiencing a cold, your best treatment is to get lots of rest and drink plenty of fluids. If you think you have strep throat, you're encouraged to visit your family doctor or one of 10 Primary Health Urgent Care clinics, where you can receive a throat swab test for strep throat. If you test positive for strep throat, you can obtain a prescription.

In either case, it is always best to limit exposure to others, wash your hands frequently, disinfect common surfaces, and cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing.

We're here to help

If you're suffering from a sore throat, injury or just aren't feeling well, Primary Health Medical Group is committed to meeting your needs. With convenient locations, patient-friendly hours, and a caring staff of providers, we assure you’ll receive great quality care at any Primary Health Medical Group Clinic you choose. Urgent care walk-ins are welcome - no appointment required.