Strep throat infections are common this time of year. If you or a family member have a sore throat without a cough, fever, and pain when swallowing it could be Strep throat. Strep is often caused by bacteria and our pharmacies offer convenient rapid strep testing and treatment if needed.
If the results are positive, our pharmacists will dispense antibiotics along with care instructions. If the results are negative, you can have peace of mind that it is likely a virus and our pharmacists will provide over-the-counter recommendations to help you start feeling better.
*Not available at Dick’s Bountiful and Lin’s Overton.
Positive strep test
Strep throat is extremely contagious. After starting antibiotics, be sure you or your child stay home for a minimum of 24 hours to prevent infecting others around you. After 24 hours of antibiotic use, the infection is no longer considered contagious. Antibiotics are an integral part of preventing the infection from spreading.
You should start feeling better one to two days after starting antibiotics. Follow up with your care provider if you are not feeling better after 48 hours.