Do You Need Antibiotics?

The CDC has recently released a helpful guide for whether or not you should take antibiotics to help you feel better. This is important information in light of the urgent public health crisis of antibiotic resistance.  According to Antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria develop the ability to defeat the…
December 17, 2019

What is a Rapid Strep Test and Are They Reliable?

A rapid strep test involves swabbing the throat to check for the presence of group A Streptococcus bacteria, which can cause Strep Throat and other medical issues (including scarlet fever, pneumonia and heart problems). Within minutes, you can know if your sore throat is caused by bacteria, which requires antibiotics…
June 26, 2019

What Does Strep Throat Look Like?

Adults are less likely to have strep throat than children. For children, their odds of a sore throat being strep throat are about 20% to 30%. For adults, the odds are more like 5% to 15%.
February 19, 2018

It’s that Time of Year! Be on the Lookout for Signs of Strep Throat.

In previous articles we have discussed that “Strep Throat” is a throat infection caused by the group A streptococcus bacteria.  Early diagnosis and treatment are crucial for two reasons: one, ‘Strep’ is very contagious and easily transmitted between people in close contact with each other, like schools and offices; two,…
January 31, 2018