Strep Throat Specialist

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Bright Futures Pediatrics

Pediatrics located in Centennial Hills & Southwest, Las Vegas, NV

If it’s left untreated, strep throat can cause serious medical problems. If your child has a sore throat, headache, fever, or other symptoms of strep throat, the expert pediatricians at Bright Futures Pediatrics in Las Vegas, Nevada, can diagnose and treat your child’s condition. If you suspect they have strep throat, call to schedule a same-day appointment at the Southwest or Centennial Hills office or book the visit online today.

Strep Throat Q & A

What is strep throat?

Strep throat is a bacterial infection that can cause serious medical complications when left untreated. It’s most common among children, but strep throat can affect people of all ages. Seeking treatment with the pediatric specialists at Bright Futures Pediatrics can help your child heal from strep throat and the unpleasant symptoms associated with it.

What are the symptoms of strep throat?

If your child has strep throat, they might experience the following symptoms:

  • Painful swallowing
  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Red, swollen tonsils with white patches
  • Tiny red spots in the throat
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Body aches
  • Swollen lymph nodes

At the first sign of strep throat, see the Bright Futures Pediatrics team for an evaluation to help prevent complications.

How does strep throat spread from person to person?

Strep throat bacteria often live in the throat and nose. While some people who carry strep bacteria have no symptoms, they can still spread strep bacteria to other people by sneezing, coughing, or touching their nose or mouth. 

Your child can get strep throat if they breathe in airborne strep droplets, touch strep bacteria on surfaces and touch their nose or mouth afterward, touch skin sores, or share utensils with someone with strep throat.

How does my child’s provider diagnose strep throat?

To diagnose strep throat and develop a treatment plan, your child’s pediatrician reviews their symptoms and medical history and examines their throat. They swab your child’s throat to detect strep bacteria within just minutes using a rapid strep test, or they may send a sample to the lab to do a throat culture for further analysis.

What are the treatment options for my child’s strep throat?

If your child’s strep test is positive, their pediatrician might recommend they take antibiotics to clear the infection and use at-home strategies for symptom relief, including:

  • Taking over-the-counter pain medicines
  • Getting plenty of rest
  • Drinking a lot of water
  • Gargling with warm salt water
  • Avoiding cigarette smoke and other irritants
  • Using a humidifier 

Your child should begin feeling better within a day or two of beginning treatment for strep throat. After 24 hours of taking an antibiotic, they should no longer be contagious.

At the first sign of strep throat, call the Bright Futures Pediatrics office for a same-day appointment for your child or use the online booking feature today.