Some sore throats are caused by a special bacteria, Beta Hemolytic Strptococcus, group A, which can cause serious complications, but can be treated with penicillin or another antibiotic. A throat culture is taken to determine if the cause is strptococcal or viral. The results of the culture are ready within two days, however, your health care provider may elect to begin treatment based on your symptoms and upon clinical findings.
Call the Health Office to have a throat culture if you have:
- Fever of 100 F. or higher
- White spots on your tonsils
- Difficulty swallowing or talking
- Swollen glands on the side or back of your neck
- Persistent sore throat more than three days
To get well you should:
- Take any prescribed medication as ordered. If your culture is positive you will need to take antibiotics for 10 full days.
- Get extra rest for at least two days after starting medication.
- Drink as much fluid as you can (six to eight glasses are recommended). This includes jello, popsicles, tea, soda, etc.
- Gargle with 1/2 tsp. salt in four ounces of warm water.
- Call the Health Office at 978-934-4991 if your temperature is more than 100 degrees after 48 hours, or if symptoms seem to persist or worsen.
If you have further problems or questions call the Health Office at 978-934-4991.