Strep Throat - When To Call a Doctor
Call your doctor today if you have:
Call a doctor if the following symptoms develop 1 to 2
weeks or longer after a strep throat infection. These symptoms may indicate
- Shortness of
- Joint pain
- Raised red rash or lumps under the
- Uncontrolled, jerking movements of the arms or legs
Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 2 days of treatment with an antibiotic.
Watchful waiting is appropriate if your
sore throat occurs with symptoms like those of a cold, such as sneezing,
coughing, and a runny or stuffy nose. In general, the more of these symptoms
you have, the less likely it is that your sore throat is caused by a strep
infection. You can try home treatment if your sore throat is not severe and you
have other symptoms of a cold.
For more information on what to do if you have sore throat symptoms, see the topic Sore Throat and Other Throat Problems.
Who to see
The following health professionals can evaluate a sore throat, do quick
tests or throat cultures, and prescribe antibiotic treatment if needed:
If surgery to remove chronically enlarged or infected
tonsils or adenoids is suggested, you may be referred to an
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.