Strep Throat Specialist

Ebonee Lyons, DNP -  - Family Nurse Practitioner

Lyons Family Care

Ebonee Lyons, DNP

Family Nurse Practitioner located in Homewood, AL

A painful sore throat is a common sign of strep throat, which is caused by a bacterial infection. Lyons Family Care in Hoover, Alabama, offers prompt diagnosis of strep throat, and the convenience of an on-site lab to analyze your throat culture. Dr. Ebonee Lyons prescribes the best antibiotic for your infection. Get relief from your symptoms today by calling or scheduling a consultation online.

Strep Throat Q & A

What is strep throat?

Strep throat is a bacterial infection that causes a painful, sore throat and other symptoms. Strep throat affects people of all ages but is most common in children.

Strep throat is highly contagious. The infection is caused by the streptococcal bacteria, which is spread by sharing food or drinks, or through the air when an infected person sneezes or coughs.

Streptococcal bacteria also linger on doorknobs and other surfaces. You can catch strep throat by touching an infected object and then touching your:

  • Eyes
  • Nose
  • Mouth

To prevent the spread of strep, wash your hands frequently, cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, and avoid sharing food and drinks.

Most sore throats aren’t strep throat. However, if you or your child are experiencing the symptoms of strep throat, you should contact Lyons Family Care for prompt diagnosis and treatment. Left untreated, strep may spread, infecting the:

  • Tonsils
  • Sinuses
  • Skin
  • Blood
  • Ears

Untreated strep may also lead to certain inflammatory conditions, such as scarlet fever or rheumatic fever.

What are the symptoms of strep throat?

Strep throat causes a range of symptoms, including:

  • A painful throat
  • Pain when you swallow
  • Swollen and red tonsils, sometimes with white patches
  • Tiny red spots on the roof of your mouth near your throat
  • Swollen, tender lymph nodes
  • Headache
  • Rash
  • Fever
  • Body aches

Nausea or vomiting is also common with strep throat, especially in younger children.

How is strep throat diagnosed?

Dr. Lyons examines your throat, looking for symptoms of strep throat. A throat culture is generally needed to confirm your diagnosis. For your convenience, Lyons Family Care offers an on-site lab.

How is strep throat treated?

Dr. Lyons creates a treatment plan to eliminate the infection that’s causing your strep throat. She will prescribe antibiotics to treat the streptococcal bacteria. Generally, you’ll be prescribed amoxicillin or azithromycin, which is often referred to as a Z-Pack.

If your child has strep, Dr. Lyons may give them a shot of antibiotic, or prescribe an antibiotic in pill or liquid form. A course of antibiotics usually lasts 10 days.

If you or a loved one is suffering from a painful, sore throat, Lyons Family Care offers prompt diagnosis and treatment. Call today or schedule a consultation online.