Flu & Strep Tests
Both influenza and strep throat (streptococcal infection) are contagious illnesses that can result in serious illness, especially in those with a weakened immune system. Symptoms of flu and strep can overlap, but there are significant differences between these two illnesses and how they are treated. It is important to know which one of these conditions you have to receive the best treatment. At Primary Care Joliet, we offer flu and strep tests for diagnosis along with treatment at our clinics in Joliet and Wilmington, IL.
Influenza is a viral illness that causes an infection of the ear, nose and throat. It is very common and most healthy individuals can recover without medical treatment, but it can have serious complications for some people. Flu strains vary from year to year, and there are vaccinations that can reduce your risk of getting the flu or serious complications. The following are common symptoms of the flu:
- Cough, dry
- Runny or congested nose
- Sore throat
- Chills and cold sweat
- Muscle aches
- Vomiting and diarrhea
Young children, elderly adults, immune-compromised individuals and those with chronic respiratory illnesses are at higher risk of complications. There are antiviral medications that can be used for treatment if you test positive for the flu.
Strep Throat Symptoms
Strep throat is a bacterial infection of the tonsils and throat. While both strep and flu can result in a fever and sore throat, strep does not have an accompanying runny nose or cough. Strep throat causes intense throat pain, and you may be able to see white speckles on the tonsils or back of the throat. The throat lymph nodes and neck may be swollen.
Strep throat requires antibiotics for treatment to stop the infection. Strep throat can have serious complications in some individuals, evolving into scarlet fever or even sepsis. If you have symptoms of strep throat, you should be tested to determine if you need treatment for this infection.
Both these diseases are very contagious and can be spread to those at risk of serious complications. If you have symptoms, come to Primary Care Joliet for testing. Call our clinic in Wilmington or Joliet, IL, to schedule a flu or strep test.