Sometimes, a sore throat is just a sore throat. Other times, it’s a sign of strep bacteria. One of the beauties many people receive this time of year is Springtime Strep Throat. Strep throat is extremely contagious and can cause many different levels of discomfort for those suffering from it. With proper treatment, you can be feeling relief within a week or less.

Springtime Strep ThroatSymptoms Of Strep Throat

  • Sore throat or pain while swallowing
  • Redness on the tonsils
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Swollen lymph nodes

Sore throats are common and can indicate something such as cold, allergies or viruses. Strep throat is different in that it is caused by bacteria and can be treated by antibiotics. Dr. Lenkowski is well-versed in diagnosing and treating strep throat in his patients. 

ENT specialists are trained to recognize the difference between a common sore throat due to environmental issues and something more serious, such as strep throat. Any physician can administer a strep test; however, only an ENT can help identify whether or not your situation may be a sign of a more invasive issue, such as persistent tonsillitis or an adenoid issue.  

Tests For Strep Throat

There are 2 primary tests for strep throat diagnosis:

  • Rapid test: this test can identify a case of strep throat within minutes, and is done on-site. 
  • Culture test: this test requires 48 hours in order for a lab to test the culture that Dr. Lenkowski collects and sends off for confirmation. 

If you do test positive for strep throat, Dr. Lenkowski will provide the best treatment option for your needs, in order to get you feeling better fast. Springtime Strep Throat should not damper the beauty of nature. If you think it might be strep, get tested.

Roanoke Valley ENT & Allergy is committed to providing our patients with outstanding patient care and education every day. Dr. Paul Lenkowski and the Roanoke Valley ENT & Allergy team are dedicated to providing innovative, state-of-the-art treatment to patients of all ages in the Roanoke area. With years of experience and expertise in cutting-edge sinus surgery techniques, Dr. Lenkowski is your choice for expert ENT care. Contact us today to schedule your appointment!