Strep Screening for Your Child

Pediatric Strep Screening from Our Offices in Manassas & Haymarket

Kids and adults alike are all susceptible to strep throat. This highly contagious disease comes from a bacteria called group A Streptococcus.

Group A strep can actually live within the nose or throat without causing any sort of harm to its host. These bacteria only become a problem when they come into contact with an infected person.

This transfer can happen any time, and is quite easily spread through coughing, sneezing, sharing dishes or utensils, etc.

Symptoms of Strep

Since strep throat is a very common disease it is important to know its symptoms, which consist of:

  • A sore throat
  • Pain upon swallowing
  • Fever
  • Very swollen tonsils that may also have white or yellow spots
  • Small red spots, known as petechiae, located on the roof of the mouth
  • Swollen lymph nodes on one or both sides of the neck
  • Headache
  • Stomach pain
  • Nausea and vomiting

Although many patients report them as symptoms of strep, a cough, runny nose, and hoarseness all have nothing to do with strep throat. These are signs of another possible illness, which could be occurring along with a case of strep, but is not connected to strep in any way.

It is wise to go see a pediatrician if you believe yourself to be sick with strep throat. Untreated cases of strep can develop to cause several serious health problems such as:

  • Infection of the tonsils, sinuses, skin, blood, or middle ear
  • Scarlet fever
  • Inflammation of the kidneys
  • Rheumatic fever

Diagnosing Strep

Most doctors follow the same basic process when a patient comes in with a possible case of strep throat. First, they will conduct a rapid strep test.

A rapid strep test involves taking a swab from the back of the patient’s throat and then testing this sample for particular substances that are associated with strep throat. Within minutes, the rapid strep test will show whether or not the patient has strep.

Some people can experience a false negative from their rapid strep test. If the results of the rapid strep test are inconclusive, then the physician will do a throat culture. A throat culture requires the same kind of swab from the back of the patient’s throat, which is then placed in a petri dish for a couple of days. Over time, the sample may begin to grow inside of the petri dish, which concludes that the individual who provided the sample does indeed have strep throat.

Treatment for Strep Throat

Thankfully, strep throat is quite easy to treat using antibiotics. After 24 hours of taking these antibiotics, you will no longer be contagious. This does not mean that you can stop taking the prescribed antibiotics.

In order to be fully effective and prevent the person’s strep throat from immediately returning, they must finish the entire supply of antibiotics prescribed to them. This period usually lasts for about 10 days.

It is also possible to relieve common symptoms of strep throat, particularly a sore throat, by taking over-the-counter medications such as anti-inflammatories. This will help to reduce the swelling of the tonsils, which can making speaking and eating much more manageable.

PediatriCare offers sick child visits for your child’s strep throat treatment needs.

How to Prevent Strep Throat

The best way to avoid catching strep throat from another person is to practice daily healthy habits, such as:

  • Frequently washing your hands
  • Staying hydrated
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Utilizing a humidifier
  • Gargle with salt water if you begin to notice any throat pain
  • Consume foods that are easy to swallow
  • Avoid potentially irritating substances like cigarette smoke or fumes from cleaning products

If your child is showing symptoms of Strep Throat, contact PediatriCare of Northern Virginia today for a screening.

COVID-19 Update : How We Keep YOU Safe

We have always been committed to ensuring your child’s health and well-being regardless of what the world throws at us as a “village” Exceptional circumstances require innovative processes to keep your family safe. It’s our commitment to you and our community. Here’s how we honor that commitment

****CURBSIDE CHECK IN****
Schedule your appt, tell us you want curbside check in. Let us do the navigation for you. Let us know you are here, proceed into the building to our suite and you will be met by a staff member upon arrival and immediately escorted to your personal exam room in our office bypassing the normal check in process. Our families love it!

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****Video Appointments****
No apps to down load, No special processes that make life difficult and it’s HIPAA complaint and easy to schedule. We would love to tell you more. It’s a fantastic way to have your child’s health concerns addressed in the privacy of your home.

Learn about telehealth

****Split Schedule****
Well checks ONLY in the morning bright and early is the perfect time to make sure your child is getting the preventative care they need!

Schedule your child’s well check

****Reduced traffic flow in the common areas of the building and our office****
Several practices in the building have consolidated locations out of our building which means there is a significant decrease in activity in the hallways. The Fitness Center is also closed! People are practicing strict social distancing too. Plenty of parking, non crowded hallways and elevators where people don’t jump in with one another. It’s a win/win.

****We take care of ourselves so we can care for you****
We have always followed scientifically established protocols to ensure that our facility is clean and our staff is healthy, now more than ever, rest assured that our processes for infection control are superior and our commitment to minimizing risk is unwavering. We are happy to report that the entire staff has remained healthy during this pandemic because of the exceptional commitment we have, as part of your village, to adhering to CDC guidelines both at work and during our time off.

We miss you, we miss the kids and we are ALWAYS here for you and committed to keeping you safe.