“How serious is strep?”

Strep throat is most commonly seen in children between the ages of 5 and 15, however it can infect both children and adults of all ages.

Caused by streptococcus bacteria, the common symptoms of strep throat include fever, sore throat with white patches, headache, chills, loss of appetite and swollen lymph nodes. Strep throat symptoms generally improve within one week of treatment.

However, if left untreated, strep throat can result in a number of health issues including ear infection, sinusitis, rheumatic fever (affects the heart valve), scarlet fever and more.

Patients First offers testing for strep as well as expedient and efficient treatment for strep throat.