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A sore throat is a common childhood condition resulting from either a viral or bacterial infection. In most cases, a sore throat isn’t a serious issue and resolves without treatment. However, a persistent sore throat can point to a more serious condition, including strep throat.
Bacteria and viruses are spread through person-to-person contact or by children touching infected objects, then putting their hands in their mouth.
Dr. Rubinstein reviews other symptoms, such as a fever, runny nose, and cough associated with an upper respiratory infection. He also visually inspects your child’s throat, checking for abnormalities.
Redness or white patches at the back of the throat can indicate strep throat. Dr. Rubinstein tests for strep by swabbing the throat and testing the cell samples. The test is simple and performed in his office. Results of a strep test don’t take long; Dr. Rubinstein can confirm strep throat during your appointment.
Treatment depends on the diagnosis and the age of your child. There are no treatments for sore throats related to viral infections. You can keep your child comfortable by providing plenty of liquids. Frozen ice pops can also soothe an irritated and sore throat. For severe pain, Dr. Rubinstein may recommend over-the-counter pain relievers.
For strep throat, Dr. Rubinstein prescribes an oral antibiotic to clear the infection. It can take 1-2 days of antibiotic treatment before your child starts to feel better. Ensure your child takes the full course of antibiotic medicines or the infection can come back.
The tonsils help fight germs and infections. In some cases, the infection remains in the tonsils, causing frequent redness and swelling. Tonsillitis, or infected tonsils, can make it difficult for your child to breathe properly through their mouth. The condition also causes pain in the throat.
If your child experiences frequent sore throats due to the inflammation and infection of their tonsils, Dr. Rubinstein may recommend surgically removing them.
To learn more about available treatments for a sore throat, schedule an appointment by phone or by using the online booking feature.
Integrated Healthcare Medical Group accepts most private insurance, Medicarel, Industrial Medicine (Workers' Compensation, Personal Injury, and Immigration). To the right is a short list of what we accept. If you have any questions, please contact our office.
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