Strep Throat Specialist

Elk Grove Pediatrics

Pediatrics located in Elk Grove, CA

Sore throats are common enough among young children, who contract 6-8 colds a year, but strep throat is a different matter entirely. This bacterial infection is highly contagious and can be extremely uncomfortable, making a visit to Elk Grove Pediatrics a good idea. Under the expert guidance of Rahat Saied, MD, parents in Elk Grove, California, can get the expert treatment their child needs for their strep throat. To learn more, simply call or use the online booking tool.

Strep Throat Q & A

What is strep throat?

Strep throat is an infection caused by bacteria known as Streptococcus pyogenes, also known as group A streptococcus. While the infection can strike at any age, it’s far more common in children and tends to come on during winter or early spring.

Strep throat isn’t terribly common, but it can make the rounds very quickly among groups of children because the bacterial infection is highly contagious, transmitting itself through airborne droplets.

Strep throat isn’t necessarily dangerous, but if left untreated, it can lead to rheumatic fever or kidney inflammation.

What are the symptoms of strep throat?

One of the most common symptoms of strep throat is the pain, which can be especially pronounced when your child swallows. Outside of the discomfort, your child may also develop one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Swollen and red tonsils
  • Pus around their tonsils
  • Red spots at the back of their mouth (or on the roof of their mouth)
  • Fever
  • Rash
  • Body aches
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Tender and swollen lymph nodes in their neck

Oddly enough, some children don’t develop any symptoms at all, but they’re still able to pass on strep throat to others.

The bottom line is that if your child is in discomfort, it’s best to have Dr. Saied take a look. By doing so, you can also prevent other children from contracting the infection from your child.

How is strep throat treated?

When you come in, Dr. Saied reviews your child’s symptoms, examines their throat, and then takes a quick and painless swab so he can check for the presence of bacteria.

If he confirms strep throat, he typically treats it with antibiotics and over-the-counter pain relievers. It’s important, too, that you keep your child from passing the infection onto others, so you should plan on keeping them home for a few days while the antibiotics go to work.

During this time, you can do your part to keep your child comfortable by getting them to:

  • Rinse with salt water
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Rest
  • Eat soft foods

It usually takes only 2-3 days to eradicate strep throat, and your child should be more comfortable and able to get back to school or day care.

If you suspect your child has strep throat, don’t wait to call Elk Grove Pediatrics. Or you can use the easy online booking button to set up an appointment.