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Statcare Urgent Care

Strep Throat / Sore Throat

At Statcare Urgent Care, we can diagnose your streptococcal throat infection by a rapid strep test, which takes about 3 minutes to yield a result. You do not need an appointment. Just walk in!

We are open 365 days a year at all of our locations in Hicksville, Long Island; Astoria, Queens; Brooklyn, NYC; the Bronx at Bartow Avenue (Co-op City); and the Bronx at E. 174th Street. You can even check in online ahead of time!

Statcare is open 7 days a week. Walk in and be seen now!

Strep Throat and Rapid Strep Test: An Overview

Strep throat is a common problem that we see at Statcare Urgent Care. Unlike your pediatrician or your primary care physician, Statcare's emergency care specialists see and treat far more cases of strep throat with positive strep tests than regular medical practices.

We see strep throat not just in the pediatric age group, but also in adults and the elderly (yes, especially after all those holiday hugs from grandkids!). We pick up a lot of cases in adults who mistakenly believed they couldn't possibly get strep throat because they had their tonsils removed in childhood.

Also, because our urgent care clinic is open at odd hours and on weekends and holidays, and we do more strep tests on school children than most regular medical practices, we get to see patients with positive strep tests with all kinds of variations – patients who were partially treated with antibiotics or incompletely treated with antibiotics, patients who are now complicated with tonsillitis (antibiotic resistance), and, on occasion, patients who have a threatened airway.

Strep Throat FAQs

What are the symptoms of strep throat in children and adults?

  • Fever
  • Swollen glands and sore throat in adults
  • Throat pain and red, swollen tonsils in pediatric age groups
  • Headache
  • Painful swallowing, throat "hurts," and a stomach ache, especially in children
  • General tiredness and a loss of appetite

How long will it take to diagnose my child's with strep throat?

When you walk in, our staff will triage you. Let them know you or your child is here for a sore throat / strep throat. It only takes 3 minutes for us to diagnose pediatric strep throat in our urgent care clinic. It's that fast!

If the strep test is positive, both adults and children will need treatment with antibiotics. With proper antibiotics and plenty of rest and fluids, a child can return to school or play within a few days of the diagnosis of strep throat.

How does a sore throat caused by strep spread?

Strep infection of the throat is a contagious disease in children and adults. The bacteria that cause strep throat (group A streptococcus) in children tend to reside in the nose and throat, so a normal activity like sneezing, coughing, or shaking hands will easily spread this infection from one child to another.

Poor hand washing is one of the reasons why children tend to get strep throat infections more commonly than adults. To prevent the spread of strep throat to others, keep the child's eating utensils, dishes, and glasses separate. Wash them in hot, soapy water and do not allow sharing of food, drinks or towels with other family members.

Don't forget to change the toothbrush! Make sure your child covers his or her mouth and nose while sneezing or coughing to prevent others from getting the infection via droplets.

After taking antibiotic treatment for about 24 hours, you or your child won't be contagious and by the second or third day after taking treatment with antibiotics, other symptoms should start to subside.

However, you still need to complete a full course of antibiotic treatment or else the strep infection will relapse or lead to complications.

Is it strep throat or just a sore throat?

Not all sore throats are caused by streptococci or get diagnosed by a rapid strep test or need antibiotics. Many sore throats and throat infections are caused by other bacteria and viruses that do not need antibiotic treatment or will not respond to treatment with antibiotics.

Glossary:

Strep or streptococcal infection: Infections caused by streptococci; bacteria that belong to the streptococcus family

Rapid strep test: An accurate and reliable 3 minute in-office test used to diagnose streptococcal throat infections

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