Sore Throat

Total Access Pediatric Urgent Care

Pediatric Urgent Care located in Rockville, MD

A sore throat isn’t only painful, it can also be an indicator that your child’s suffering from strep throat or another serious illness. At Total Access Pediatric Urgent Care in Rockville, Maryland, you can get answers through sore throat rapid testing for strep. If your child does have strep throat, they can start treatment right away for rapid relief. Get in touch with Total Access Pediatric Urgent Care now via the online tool or by phone.

Sore Throat Q & A

Why does my child have a sore throat?

A variety of things can cause a sore throat in kids, including:

  • Viral infection
  • Bacterial infection like strep
  • Common cold
  • Mononucleosis
  • Tonsil abscess
  • Mouth breathing while sleeping

Most of the time, the doctor can quickly find the cause of your child's sore throat and then treat the illness quite effectively.

What are the signs of strep throat?

Some of the tell-tale indicators of strep throat can include:

  • A sore throat
  • Fever
  • A headache
  • Abdominal pain
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Skin rash

If you notice these signs, it's important to get a strep test right away. Total Access Pediatric Urgent Care offers on-site rapid strep testing for your convenience.

How does the rapid strep test work?

The rapid strep test is quick and easy. The doctor uses a small cotton swab to collect a sample from the back of your child's mouth.  It's not painful, but if your child's very young it may be best if you keep your child still on your lap so the doctor can get the sample easily. The rapid test results only take around 10-15 minutes. If the strep test is positive, treatment can start immediately.

What's the treatment for a sore throat?

Sore throat treatment depends on the reason your child has a sore throat. For bacterial infections like strep, the doctor typically prescribes antibiotics. For viral infections, the doctor may prescribe an antiviral medication in some cases.

The doctor often prescribes an acetaminophen product for both pain relief and fever reduction. Part of recovery from a sore throat is simply having your child rest quietly and drink plenty of fluids at home.

If your child has a contagious illness, they may have to miss a few days of school to avoid infecting other children. Be sure to follow any instructions from your Total Access Pediatric Urgent Care doctor closely, as this will help your child recover from their illness as quickly as possible.

Is your child sick of having a sore throat? Get help now from the pediatric urgent care experts at Total Access Pediatric Urgent Care in Rockville, Maryland. Use the online tool or call the office to get in touch.