This time of year AFC Urgent Care Bronx see’s a lot of people walking in to our urgent care center with throat infections, often times not knowing if they have strep throat or just a sore throat.
Let’s clarify the 2 different types of throat infections:
Strep throat is a bacterial infection that can be treated with antibiotics and supportive meds like Ibuprofen, plenty of liquids and rest.

The symptoms of strep throat usually include:

  • Fever
  • White spots at the back of the throat
  • Fatigue
  • Body aches
  • Swollen glands
We test for strep with what is known as a rapid strep test. The rapid strep test only takes 10-15 minutes for results and if the results are positive, the diagnosis is confirmed. Sometimes, however, a negative test does not rule out strep throat since the rapid test may miss some strep throat infections. In that case the provider would look for other common strep symptoms and usually take a throat culture to send to the lab.
A simple sore throat is most likely a viral throat infection, and cannot be treated with antibiotics. Rather the provider would prescribe Ibuprofen, warm soothing liquids or teas and rest.

Is strep throat contagious?

Both bacterial and viral throat infections are contagious. With strep throat, once the patient has been on antibiotics for 24 hours they would not be considered contagious anymore. With a viral sore throat however, they are contagious for as long as the symptoms last. Here at AFC Urgent Care we urge you to take precautions to prevent spreading the infection to others, when you are suffering from a sore throat. Wash hands often, don’t share food, take care when sneezing or coughing.
If you think you might have strep throat, it pays to come in and be tested and treated.
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