thermometerWinter Storm Jonas ravaged much of the East Coast last weekend, effectively shutting down all traffic in New York City and Baltimore. Several mid-Atlantic cities had 2+ feet of snow, which – due to the perilous conditions – led to the deaths of at least 48 people. Storms like this are always great reminders as to why we live in Florida. However, we still have to cope with winter illnesses, such as the common cold, influenza, norovirus and strep throat.

Each of these illnesses have similar symptoms, but they all differ on a biological level. While norovirus, influenza and the common cold are all viral infections, strep is a bacterial infection, resulting from the group A bacteria, Streptococcus. This bacteria resides in an infected person’s throat or nasal passage, and is then spread when the person coughs or sneezes. Objects in the proximity of a cough or sneeze, could potentially be carriers of the infection. A doorknob, for instance, could infect many people, if it had come in contact with a person who had strep. However, most strep cases involve children, as adults rarely develop the infection.

Strep throat’s symptoms include:

  • Fever exceeding 101° F
  • Lingering sore throat – aggravated by swallowing or coughing
  • Flu symptoms:
    • Light-headedness
    • Cough
    • Headache
  • Swollen Lymph nodes and tonsils
  • Red spots on roof of mouth

Physicians diagnose strep throat by conducting a strep test, which involves swabbing the throat to collect a sample, which will then be taken to the lab. At American Family Care, our board-certified physicians conduct strep tests and provide treatment, including the prescribing of antibiotics to expedite the healing process.

To take advantage of our services, simply walk in to our facility anytime during business hours, as we’re open seven days a week for your convenience! To speak with one of our medical professionals, call us at 850.304.0694.

We look forward to making your winter as healthy as possible!