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While typically a sore throat is caused by a virus, strep throat is actually an infection in the throat and tonsils because of exposure to a bacteria called group A Streptococcus (group A strep). This virus that lodges in the nose and throat is all too easily spread by contact with other people. One downside is that it’s possible to be infected by someone who isn’t showing symptoms or even appearing to be sick so you can’t avoid them.

Strep can all too easily spread from coughing or sneezing, releasing small respiratory droplets with the bacteria. You can contract strep by inhaling the droplets, touching something with the droplets and then touching your mouth or nose, and drinking or eating something from a contaminated glass or dish.

Rapid Strep Test (RST)

When it comes to your health, our skilled doctor, Dr. John Abroon, offers our patients the Rapid Strep Test (RST) to diagnose whether you or a sick family member have contracted streptococcal pharyngitis (strep throat). This illness is essentially an infection that can typically be treated effectively after diagnosis.

Signs of streptococcal pharyngitis include the following symptoms:

  • Fever over 101° F
  • Problems swallowing
  • Throat pain
  • Swollen lymph nodes in the neck
  • White or yellow spots and a coating on the throat and tonsil areas
  • A vivid red throat or dark red spots on the palate at the back (close to the throat)
  • Severe and sudden sore throat but no coughing, sneezing, or other typical cold symptoms

Diagnosis and Treatment

If you suspect you might have strep throat because of your symptoms, it’s a good idea to find out for certain because they can also indicate some other potential medical issues. A proper diagnosis can help you get the prompt treatment you need and peace of mind.

Now that winter has set in, it is essential that you keep an eye out on developing respiratory issues.  Dr. Abroon offers the Rapid Strep Test in our New York City, New York medical office. You will receive your results usually within 10-15 minutes. Our team in the Upper East Side medical office is ready to schedule your appointment with Dr. Abroon as soon as possible to get you back in good health!