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Sore Throat, Strep Throat Santa Monica, CA

In most situations, a sore throat is caused by a viral infection. It is common to have a sore throat when you have a cold or the flu. Antibiotics do not have any effect on viruses, so the illness must run its course. Within a short time, the infection will go away.

A bacterial infection can be treated with antibiotics. Strep throat caused by streptococcal infection can be treated in this way. Strep throat is less common than viral throat infections. It also needs to be treated with urgent care to prevent complications from developing.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that a child with a sore throat should be seen by a doctor if it does not go away with the first drink in the morning. You should also get immediate medical attention for your child if he or she has difficulty breathing or swallowing. Unusual drooling can be an indication of an inability to swallow.

Adults need medical attention for a sore throat if it has been around for more than a week, your temperature is higher than 101 F (38.3 C) or if the pain is severe and causing difficulty when you swallow. You should see a doctor if your sore throat causes you to have difficulty in breathing or opening your mouth.

Testing for Strep Throat

Strep throat can cause complications with your kidneys or lead to rheumatic fever without treatment. This less-common sore throat is seen more in children, although anyone can get it. Testing consists of a rapid antigen test that detects strep bacteria in minutes. Sometimes this test will be negative, and your doctor may order a throat culture to confirm.

With a throat culture, a sterile swab is rubbed over your tonsils and the back of your throat. Secretions are gathered on the swab, then cultured in a lab. Results may take up to two days.

Treatment for strep throat involves antibiotics. Prompt treatment can reduce the duration of the infection as well as its severity, but antibiotics must be taken within the first 48 hours of onset. If there is no improvement after two days of treatment, you should contact your doctor.

For prompt diagnosis and treatment, contact Dr. Michael. We can provide same day appointments and urgent care for medical emergencies.

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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.

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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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