Sore throats are a common occurrence for children, but how do you know when they’re caused by strep? If you suspect that your child has strep throat, take them to Grow Pediatrics to get an expert strep screening in St. Paul, Richfield or Inver Grove Heights. Common symptoms of this illness include throat pain, swollen tonsils, fever, a headache, rashes, nausea and body aches. Strep throat is difficult to diagnose without a visit to your provider. Take your child to get the accurate strep test that Twin Cities parents rely on.
If your child’s symptoms are consistent with strep throat, head to our Inver Grove Heights, Richfield or St. Paul location for a rapid strep test, and get accurate results in a few minutes. If the results are positive, an antibiotic is prescribed. If the rapid test is negative, we perform a throat culture to confirm the result because throat cultures are still the most accurate way to test strep. The only downside with a throat culture is that the results may take 24 to 48 hours.
If our test indicates that your child has strep, antibiotics will stop the infection from spreading. When untreated, strep throat can cause an abscess near the tonsils, or lead to dangerous illnesses like rheumatic fever. Strep throat is a bacterial infection, which means it is contagious. When you think your child has strep throat, call our clinic in St. Paul for a strep test that provides fast results and treatment.