Strep Throat Test in Simpsonville, SC
AFC Urgent Care Simpsonville offers instant strep throat test results, no appointment necessary.
Viruses, allergens, irritants in the air, and chronic postnasal drip can all be the culprits behind a nasty sore throat. Most of the time, this condition will gradually get better with rest and not need medical intervention. However when you have strep throat, you generally need to see a doctor. If you don’t, you will likely face weeks of feeling sick, likely infect others, and in some rare cases suffer severe complications. AFC Urgent Care Center in Simpsonville, SC is here to determine if you have strep, treat it, and get you on the road to recovery with no appointment ever needed.
What is Strep Throat and How Do You Get It?
“Strep is just another common flu virus.” Not true. Strep is caused by a bacterial infection of the throat and tonsils and is much different than a flu virus. This bacterium can also be very contagious. If you breathe, cough, or sneeze the bacteria will travel on tiny droplets to be breathed in by others. If you frequently touch your mouth with your hand, you can also leave this bacterium on surfaces throughout the day. Once exposed, it will usually take 2 to 5 days before symptoms begin to surface. Statistically, you are more likely to find strep throat in children and teenagers than adults, but it can be caught by anyone of any age.
Do I Have Strep Throat or Just A Cold?
Opening your mouth and saying “Ah” only diagnoses strep throat in the movies. In the real world, it cannot be positively diagnosed unless a strep test is conducted. AFC Urgent Care Center in Simpsonville provides rapid strep testing with results in less than 30 minutes. This test is needed to determine if you truly have strep throat or another condition. This is vital so the proper treatment can be prescribed to you. With that said, running to the doctor every time you have a sore throat for a test would be impractical. Note the difference in the symptoms:
Probably Not Strep Throat
- Runny nose
- Stuffy nose
- General cold symptoms
Possibly Strep Throat
- Sudden sore throat
- Painful swallowing
- Temperature of over 101°F (38.3° C)
- White or yellow spots on the back of a bright read throat.
Couldn’t I just wait this out? Do I need antibiotics?
Yes, strep throat generally goes away on it’s own, but you should really consider everyone else you come in contact with. You are generally contagious for 2 to 3 weeks even if you no longer show the symptoms. You could put your family and coworkers at risk for catching strep throat. We are pretty sure you won’t be the employee of the month if you get everyone sick. The good news is that once you start taking antibiotics, you are usually no longer contagious within 24 hours. Our physicians at AFC Urgent Care Center in Simpsonville are experienced and compassionate and will get you feeling better quicker and most importantly, contain it so no one else gets sick.
What do I do if I think I have Strep Throat?
Your first step is to think about your symptoms and see if you show any signs of having strep throat. Remember, some symptoms are shared by the common cold so think carefully. If you suspect you are suffering from strep throat or just want to be sure, then visit us at AFC Urgent Care in Simpsonville! We provide highly experienced board certified doctors and medical professionals that will administer a rapid strep test to alleviate any of your concerns. Our state of the art onsite lab at our walk-in urgent care clinic can return the results to you usually in 10 to 15 minutes. No appointment is needed for this test or any of the other services we offer at our medical clinic. If the test returns a positive result, our physician will prescribe you the antibiotics you need for your treatment. This prescription can be sent to the pharmacy of your choice. We are very concerned about the over prescription of antibiotics, so you will only be given them if you return a positive result for strep throat. If the results are negative, our board certified physicians will still give you the best treatment plan to alleviate your symptoms. Our experienced medical staff will help you beat back your sore throat, regardless of the cause.
Have questions? Call us and our friendly medical staff will be more than happy to help you with any questions regarding our services, including strep throat testing. Don’t wait another day and get others sick if you have the symptoms of strep throat. Visit AFC Urgent Care in Simpsonville today!
Formerly AFC Doctors Express