The moment your throat starts hurting, you might instantly think you have strep throat. But although there are 3 million cases of strep throat each year among Americans, strep throat isn’t the only cause of a sore throat.

Our team at AFC Urgent Care Cleveland wants to share some insight about strep throat and other common causes of a sore throat, so you can get back to feeling your best.

What Is Strep Throat?

Strep throat is a bacterial infection that causes the throat to feel sore and scratchy. While strep throat is easily treated, it is also extremely contagious.

As a result, it is important to make sure you see a physician as soon as possible so that you can get a diagnosis, as well as a treatment plan, to prevent spreading your germs to other people.

Causes of a Sore Throat

  • Acid reflux
  • Allergies
  • Cold
  • Flu
  • Strep throat

When Should I Call a Doctor?

While a sore throat can sometimes be treated with at-home remedies, such as over-the-counter pain medications, lozenges, a humidifier and increased fluid intake, sometimes medical attention is needed.

If you haven’t gotten relief from home remedies within a few days, make it a point to stop by our urgent care center, as you might be experiencing another medical condition like the flu or strep.

Treatment of Strep

  • Try OTC or prescription pain relievers.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Take an antibiotic as prescribed.
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Try throat lozenges.

Have you been experiencing a sore throat for awhile? It might be time to make a visit to AFC Urgent Care Cleveland for a medical evaluation and treatment plan.