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Warning Signs of Strep Throat Santa Monica, CA
A woman with a sore throat

Strep Throat is not a diagnosis that any patient wants to hear. However, if you notice the signs soon enough to begin treatment early, the duration of the illness may be less than what you would experience without early diagnosis.

Early recognition of symptoms is key. If you experience any of these symptoms, you may have strep throat:

Throat Pain: Throat pain may come on slowly with allergies or a common cold. Pain from strep throat will be felt early in the course of the illness.

Painful to Swallow: You can have a common sore throat and not feel pain when you swallow. If you experience intense or increased pain on swallowing, you may have strep throat.

Red and Swollen Tonsils: One of the most tell-tale signs of strep throat is the unique appearance of the tonsils. In addition to being inflamed and very red, the tonsils may have white spots or patches. Pus may be present as well.

Swollen Lymph Nodes: Due to the infection in the tonsils, lymph nodes in the neck closest to the tonsils will work overtime to help you fight it. As a result, they will be swollen and most likely tender.

Fever: Strep throat will usually cause a sudden and very high fever. It is important to control the fever with a fever reducer such as acetaminophen (Tylenol®). A fever that does not decrease with medication or a fever above 102.1 indicates a need to go to an ER.

Headache and Body Aches: Headaches are a common symptom of strep throat, usually due to the fever. It is the same with body aches. These can sometimes show up before the sore throat along with fever, making it appear like the flu.

Common in Children: Young children are susceptible to additional symptoms, including a rash as well as nausea and/or vomiting.

If you have noticed the symptoms of strep throat in yourself or someone in your family, call the medical offices of Dr. Brent Michael for an appointment as soon as possible. Not only is it important that those who are sick get the proper care and medication, but others in the family may already have signs or may need preventive treatment.

Posted on behalf of Brent J. Michael, MD

2001 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 880W
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Phone: 310-829-7777

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Tammy Siever

Dr. Michael is the most Caring Dr. I have had the privilege of having taking care of my health needs. His calm and personal demeanor is above and beyond what I have ever experienced. I have never had issues with the the waiting time but, if ever I did I would not complain because he is worth the wait. I get his complete attention the entire visit. When I leave I feel very confident that he has completely covered my heath needs from head to toe. I would recommend him to anyone who wants is concerned or wants a Dr. to be concerned about their health.

Gianpaolo von Nacher

Dr. Michael has been our family doctor for over 10 years. He has always been the main pillar in our family care; specially a few years ago when my father wouldn’t have been able to get through a very difficult period without his care. He always goes the extra mile. His staff is amazing. Anita, his nurse, always efficient, loving and caring. Aileen, in the front desk, always responsive and helpful. I’m very grateful to have them on our side.

Mark B

I could literally write pages about Dr. Michael. I thankfully met him and his staff over 13 years ago after I had been suffering from a serious lung infection for over a month that 2 other doctors had missed.- 1 due to being totally arrogant and thinking I just had a cold. I was burning up and so sick I could barely walk. Dr. Michael took the time and actually listened to me - instead of just saying its probably just the flu (as the other doctors had done) or just a cold and sending me home, he actually did a complete physical on me an then had the intuition to order a chest x ray on me (I was not even coughing at the time) and then really looked at it and discovered that I actually had a really serious lung infection and started me on antibiotics. While this may sound like no big deal - it actually was, as he actually saw that it was not a normal looking lung infection and I later learned he went above and beyond and had a infectious disease specialist look at the x ray just to be safe and as he suspected it was even more serious. Since that day he has always been my main doctor. I would also like to add that I have a serious long term health condition and most doctors would generally attribute many of my current and past health issues to my main condition (it usually is the case) but Dr. Michael always looks at whatever is happening to me at the moment as if I was a new patient. This is probably his biggest talent and gift as a doctor as he has on more than one occasion over the years thought outside the box with me and has figured out quickly why I was sick at the time - sometimes it was minor but more than a few times it was really serious. His quick way of thinking and knowledge and intuition is what kept me from getting sicker and going into the hospital. If you are looking for a doctor that actually treats you like a person and not a number then see this man. I am not a celebrity or a wealthy person - far from it - but he treats me like I am - many Vets like myself go to the VA and its a great blessing but I just do not have the energy to go there as its so big. Dr. Michael is seriously brilliant and really patient and I am truly thankful I found him.

Edward Dragavon

Dr. Michael takes the time to explain the meaning of medical terms and test results in a way that a lay person can understand. He is very thorough and answers any question that you may have. His staff is also very professional and competent at their tasks. Given a choice, I wouldn't go anywhere else.

Tim Whalen

Dr. Michael is an intelligent caring human being who is focused on positive outcomes. He has a great ability to synthesize the details of lab results and other tests into preventive measures. I greatly respect his approach to care.

William Barry

A very smart and caring doctor. Very intuitive and yet he will base his decisions on test data. Patient for over 10 years. 5 stars

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Brent J. Michael, MD

2001 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 880W
Santa Monica, CA 90404



Mon-Fri: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM