Urgent Care for Strep & Sore Throats in Connecticut, Massachusetts & New York
Why does your throat hurt when you swallow? The skilled team at PhysicianOne Urgent Care can determine precisely what is causing your sore throat. Our physician-founded practice has been in business since 2008—always supplying patients with professional, fast, and friendly treatment—and we’re pleased to operate urgent care centers throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York.
What Is Strep Throat?
In many cases, throat pain is caused by a contagious bacterial infection known as “strep throat.” In addition to a sore throat, which can make it painful to swallow, strep throat can cause the following symptoms:
· Small red spots on the back of the roof of the mouth
· Swollen red tonsils (sometimes including patches or streaks of white pus)
· Body aches
· Nausea or vomiting
· Lymph node swelling and tenderness
Because strep throat results from a bacterial infection, it’s often treated using antibiotics. Keep in mind, however, that if your sore throat was caused by a virus or something else (for example, allergies, muscle strain, or an irritant), then antibiotics won’t be effective.
Common Sore Throat Remedies
The experienced providers at PhysicianOne Urgent Care can recommend a course of treatment based on whether your sore throat is caused by a virus or bacterial infection. But in the meantime, here are some tips for how to help a sore throat at home:
· Take an over-the-counter pain medication.
· Gargle with warm salt water.
· Keep your throat moist by drinking plenty of fluids and using a humidifier.
· Eat foods that are easy to swallow (e.g., soup, mashed potatoes, and frozen yogurt) and avoid acidic and spicy foods.
· Suck on a lozenge.
We’ve Got You
If you’re living with a sore throat, don’t bother waiting for an appointment with your primary care provider. Instead, turn to PhysicianOne Urgent Care, where we treat patients 365 days per year during extended hours. We have locations across Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York, and you can choose whether to schedule a visit or simply walk in at the time that’s best for you. Or, if you’d rather not leave your house, you can speak to a provider remotely using our 24/7 telemedicine service.