One of the benefits of living in Georgia is getting to avoid major blizzards, like Winter Storm Jonas, which ravaged much of the mid-Atlantic States. At least 48 people had died as a result of injuries sustained stemming from the dangerous conditions. While we don’t have to worry about winter hazards to the degree our neighbors north of us do, we do face of one of this season’s major perils: winter illnesses.

Winter marks the time of the year that norovirus, influenza, the common cold and strep throat are at their most prevalent. Each of these illnesses have similar symptoms, however, they all differ biologically. The common cold, influenza and norovirus are all viral infections, while strep throat is a bacterial infection. The bacteria that causes strep, Streptococcus, inhabits either the throat or nasal passage, making it easy to to be passed between person-to-person as a result of coughing.

Strep symptoms include:

  • Sore throat, aggravated by coughing or swallowing
  • Swollen tonsils and swollen lymph nodes
  • Fever exceeding 101° F
  • Flu symptoms
    • Light-Headedness
    • Nausea
    • Coughing
    • Headache
  • Red spots on roof of mouth

Strep can be diagnosed by some physicians by examining the roof of the mouth, and seeing if there’s any visual evidence of strep. However, physicians will primarily administer a strep test to diagnose patients. This involves a simple throat swabbing sample, which will then be taken to a lab for testing. If a patient does have strep, a physician will prescribe antibiotics to expedite the healing process. While strep can go away on its own, it can sometimes lead to a host of complications if it is not treated.

At American Family Care, our board-certified physicians perform strep tests on a walk-in basis. Our services are affordable and convenient, as we guarantee to return our patients’ results in an extremely timely manner. To speak with one of our medical professionals, call us at 678.348.5119.

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