Strep A & Sore Throat - Test and Treat




What causes a sore throat?

A sore throat is often a symptom of:

  • colds or flu – you may also have a blocked or runny nose, a cough, a high temperature (fever), a headache, and general aches
  • laryngitis (inflammation of the voice box) – you may also have a hoarse voice, a dry cough, and a constant need to clear your throat
  • tonsillitis (inflammation of the tonsils) – you may also have red or spotty tonsils, discomfort when swallowing, and a fever
  • strep throat (a bacterial throat infection) – you may also have swollen glands in your neck, discomfort when swallowing, and tonsillitis
  • glandular fever – you may also feel very tired and have a fever and swollen glands in your neck
  • It may also be caused by something irritating your throat, such as smoke, gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (where acid leaks up from the stomach) and, allergies.


Less common causes:

Less often, a sore throat can be a sign of:

  • quinsy (a painful collection of pus at the back of the throat) – the pain may be severe and you may also have difficulty opening your mouth or difficulty swallowing
  • epiglottitis (inflammation of the flap of tissue at the back of the throat) – the pain may be severe and you may have difficulty breathing and difficulty swallowing

These conditions are more serious and should be seen by a doctor as soon as possible (see below).  


When to get professional advice

If you have a sore throat you can get advice and treatment directly from your local McKeevers Pharmacist. You don’t usually need to get medical advice if you have a sore throat however your pharmacist may advise you to see your GP if:

  • your symptoms are severe
  • you have persistent symptoms that haven’t started to improve after a week
  • you experience severe sore throats frequently
  • you have a weak immune system – for example, you have HIV, are having chemotherapy, or are taking medication that suppresses your immune system

If you have a persistent sore throat (one that lasts three to four weeks), you should see your GP who may refer you for further tests. This is because your sore throat may be a symptom of a more serious condition.  


When to get emergency help

Very rarely, a sore throat can be a sign of a serious problem. Visit your nearest accident and emergency (A&E) department or call 999 for an ambulance immediately if:

  • your symptoms are severe or getting worse quickly
  • you have difficulty breathing
  • you’re making a high-pitched sound as you breathe (called stridor)
  • you have difficulty swallowing
  • you start drooling


How much does the Strep A & Sore Throat - Test & Treat service cost?


The cost for a Strep A test carried out by one of our Pharmacists in-store is £9.99.

If you get a positive result the Pharmacists, after taking a full medical history and assessing your current condition, may provide antibiotics privately at an additional cost of £9.99.

If you get a negative result the Pharmacist, along with appropriate advice, may offer some over-the-counter products that will help you manage those symptoms.  


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