Strep Throat vs. Sore Throat

March 13, 2018 3:09 pm Published by

With cold and flu season in full swing, your throat may hurt. Or, maybe your kid is telling you that it hurts when they swallow. Often times, people think that sore throats are just a part of the common cold, when it is sometimes much worse. Depending on what caused it, throat soreness can either be a small setback that will go away in a couple of days, or it could be a symptom of a much more serious illness, like strep throat.

There are many different causes of a sore throat, but the most common is a viral infection like measles, influenza, and rhinovirus (common cold) are all sources. Sore throat can also be caused by allergens — such as pollen, pet dander, and dust — as well as bacterial infections, like an upper respiratory infection. However, the majority of sore throats are caused by viral infections like the cold and flu.

Symptoms of Sore Throat

  • Swollen tonsils
  • Swollen throat
  • Fever
  • Pain when swallowing
  • Painful coughing
  • Difficulty breathing caused by nasal congestion

It is difficult to discern between sore throat and strep throat, however with strep throat the soreness and discomfort is caused by the bacteria streptococcus. This bacteria is extremely contagious among children and adults.

Symptoms of Strep Throat

  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Muscle ache
  • Fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomitting
  • Sore, red throat with white spots

When To Seek Medical Help
As a good rule of thumb, if you experience throat soreness that lasts longer than two days, or if you have simultaneous symptoms like a high fever, joint pain, and difficulty breathing, you should seek medical attention immediately.

Luckily, if you are in New Haven County, you can rely on Stony Creek Urgent Care when you begin experiencing the pain and symptoms caused by sore and strep throat. We can provide quick, efficient, and cost-effective care for strep and sore throats. Our team of medical professionals can evaluate your sore throat and accompanying symptoms, providing treatment that is specific to your condition.