What is strep throat?
Most sore throats are caused by viral infections and can be treated effectively without antibiotics. However, some are bacterial and may require an antibiotic to treat. If your symptoms indicate your sore throat is bacterial we can offer further testing.
The most common cause of bacterial sore throat is Group A Streptococcus. Sore throats caused by these bacteria are often known as Strep Throat. Strep Throat can lead to further complications and may benefit from antibiotic treatment.
What are the symptoms of strep throat?
A number of symptoms are common in Strep Throat but not in a sore throat caused by a virus. If you are suffering from Strep Throat you may experience the below symptoms.
- Raised temperature
- Tender glands in the neck
- A sore throat without a cough
- White spots on tonsils
How does the sore throat test work?
If the initial questioning suggests Strep Throat our staff may recommend our Rapid Sore Throat Test. This test consists of an initial physical examination by our trained pharmacist to check for white spots on your tonsils and tenderness in neck glands.
If a Strep Throat is likely the pharmacist will perform a swab test on your tonsils. If the swab test is negative for Strep A, Strep Throat is unlikely and the pharmacist will recommend you the best over the counter treatment options.
If the swab test is positive for Strep A, you will be referred to your doctor to determine if prescription antibiotics are suitable for you.
Where is this service available?
Our pharmacy teams are here to help.
Fantastic pharmacy stock a wide range of everything and not to mention the fast and friendly staff always very friendly and welcoming definitely worth a visit and completely recommendCarla
Excellent Pharmacy very friendly and helpful staff ,if they do not have it they will order it in what super service!Pauline
Great people delivering great services & smiles!Tony
Find your nearest store
Use our store locator to find your nearest Hickey’s Pharmacy. You’ll be able to find contact details, opening hours and directions.