Urgent Care for Sore Throat & Strep Throat in Orange, CT

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When your throat hurts and you aren’t feeling well, it can sometimes be hard to tell whether you’ve got a run-of-the-mill sore throat (pharyngitis) or strep throat, which can potentially cause serious complications. The best course of action for those with sore throats in Orange, Connecticut, is to visit PhysicianOne Urgent Care for strep throat testing and diagnosis, but there are several signs and symptoms to be aware of nonetheless.

Symptoms of Sore Throat vs. Strep Throat

A sore throat that’s caused by a cold or flu virus can produce symptoms such as:

  • A painful or scratchy feeling in the throat
  • Pain or difficulty with swallowing or talking (hoarseness)
  • Red, swollen tonsils
  • Soreness and/or swollen glands or lymph nodes in the jaw and neck area

This type of sore throat is typically accompanied by other cold and flu symptoms and tends to go away on its own after a few days with no medical intervention.

Strep throat is caused by a streptococcus bacterial infection. The symptoms are similar to those of a viral sore throat, but there are a few unique signs that may indicate strep, such as:

  • Throat pain that comes on quickly
  • Tiny red spots, white patches, or streaks of pus in the back of the mouth and throat area
  • Rash
  • Throat soreness that doesn’t improve on its own after 48 hours

Sore Throat & Strep Throat Treatments

For viral sore throats, medical treatment usually isn’t necessary—and antibiotics won’t help. However, you can ease the symptoms with over-the-counter pain medications and home remedies. Once diagnosed with a lab test, strep throat is usually treated with a course of antibiotics.

Visit Our Walk-In Urgent Care Center Today

For urgent care for a sore throat or strep throat, visit PhysicianOne Urgent Care’s Orange location, which is open 365 days per year with extended hours. You can walk in, reserve your place in line with our online booking feature, or speak to a local provider 24/7 with our integrated virtual care.

This was the fastest, easiest, and best doctor's visit. The provider was extremely kind and helpful. I explained my symptoms, the provider asked a few followup questions, and then she issued a script. I will absolutely be using this service again and would recommend to anyone.
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