Strep Throat Specialist

George M. Jayatilaka, M.D. Inc.

Family & Pediatrics located in Long Beach, CA

It’s not uncommon to think strep throat is the cause of discomfort when you or your child complain of scratchiness or pain in the throat, especially if accompanied by a fever. If it hurts to swallow, call, make an appointment online or stop in at George M. Jayatilaka, MD Inc. in Long Beach, California today for diagnosis and treatment.

Strep Throat Q & A

What is strep throat?

Sore throats have many causes:

  • Viruses
  • Allergens
  • Cigarette smoke and other environmental irritants
  • Chronic post-nasal drip

The doctors at George M. Jayatilaka, MD Inc. diagnose strep throat if they find that you or your child has a bacterial infection in your throat and on your tonsils.

How do you get strep throat?

The most common way to get strep throat is through proximity: An infected person coughs or sneezes and you come in contact with the germs and then touch your eyes, nose, or mouth. Additionally, drinking, eating and sharing utensils with an infected person can result in you catching strep throat.

What are the symptoms of strep throat?

In addition to throat pain when swallowing and scratchiness, the symptoms of strep throat are:

  • Swollen tonsils
  • Red tonsils with white spots
  • Fever over 101
  • Swollen glands in your neck
  • Loss of appetite
  • Headache
  • Abdominal pain

How is strep throat diagnosed?

The doctors at George M. Jayatilaka, MD Inc. diagnose strep throat with a review of you or your child’s medical history and current symptoms. After one of the physicians looks at your throat and tonsils, swab samples are taken from the back of your throat to perform two strep tests.

Using what looks like two long cotton swabs, mucus is taken from the back of your throat. One of the swabs is used for an in-office test, while the other is sent to a lab for testing and evaluation.

The in-office analysis takes about 15 minutes and determines whether or not bacteria is present in the back of your throat. The swab that goes to the lab is used to double check the results of the rapid test. You don’t have to wait for results from the second swab for treatment.

How is strep throat treated?

If either the in-office or lab analysis comes back showing that bacteria are present in your throat and on your tonsils, the doctors at George M. Jayatilaka, MD Inc. prescribe antibiotics. While you should feel well enough to resume normal activities after two days, you should take the medication for up to 10 days.

To find out if the discomfort you feel is due to strep throat, call the office, make an appointment online, or walk into George M. Jayatilaka, MD Inc. in Long Beach, California today.