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Strep throat treatment available online today

To treat your strep throat, consult with one of our medical professionals online to prescribe antibiotics to eliminate throat pain. Get a new prescription to treat strep throat or refill an existing prescription today.

  • Medication services available 24/7 for adults and kids (3+)

  • Top quality, board-certified doctors

  • No insurance needed

  • Same-day prescriptions available*

*Prescriptions provided at doctor’s discretion.

We accept these insurance plans and many more!

Most patients with in-network insurance pay $30 or less. Otherwise, new patient visits are $129 and follow-ups are only $69 for members.

  • United Healthcare
  • Humana
  • Aetna

3 simple steps to get treated for strep throat today

  • Book a strep throat treatment appointment.

    Step 1

    Book a strep throat treatment appointment.

    Book a same-day appointment from anywhere.

  • Talk to your medical provider regarding your strep throat symptoms.

    Step 2

    Talk to your medical provider regarding your strep throat symptoms.

    Visit with a doctor on your smartphone or computer.

  • Pick up a prescription for strep throat.

    Step 3

    Pick up a prescription for strep throat.

    We can send prescriptions to any local pharmacy.

  • Book a strep throat treatment appointment.

    Step 1

    Book a strep throat treatment appointment.

    Book a same-day appointment from anywhere.

  • Talk to your medical provider regarding your strep throat symptoms.

    Step 2

    Talk to your medical provider regarding your strep throat symptoms.

    Visit with a doctor on your smartphone or computer.

  • Pick up a prescription for strep throat.

    Step 3

    Pick up a prescription for strep throat.

    We can send prescriptions to any local pharmacy.

Strep throat treatment pricing details

How pricing works

To request strep throat treatment and get a new prescription or refill on your prescription, join our monthly membership and get discounted visits

Paying with insurance

Membership

$14.99/month

First month free

First visit

Copay

For all visits

30 days of free membership

  • Same-day appointments 7 days a week
  • Unlimited messages with your 24/7 Care Team
  • Prescription discount card to save up to 80%
  • Exclusive discounts on lab tests
  • Free memberships for your family
  • Cancel anytime

Visit price with insurance

Often the same as an office visit. Most patients with in-network insurance pay $30 or less!

  • We accept these insurance plans and many more:
    • Humana
    • Aetna
    • United Healthcare

Paying without insurance

Membership

$14.99/month

First month free

First visit

$129

Repeats only $69

30 days of free membership

  • Same-day appointments 7 days a week
  • Unlimited messages with your 24/7 Care Team
  • Prescription discount card to save up to 80%
  • Exclusive discounts on lab tests
  • Free memberships for your family
  • Cancel anytime

Visit price without insurance

Initial visits are $129 and follow-ups are only $69 for active members.

Book an appointment

If we're unable to treat you, we'll provide a full refund.

Learn about strep throat

Strep throat is a bacterial infection with various symptoms, including a painful sore throat with a sudden onset, pain while swallowing, and red or white patches in the back and on the roof of the mouth. These symptoms are often accompanied by a high fever. If your sore throat develops gradually rather than coming on suddenly, or you have a cough and congestion as well, these are more likely to be viral symptoms or allergies rather than strep.

Strep throat causes

  • Streptococcus pyogenes, also known as group A streptococcus, causes a strep throat infection. The bacteria that causes strep can spread by sharing food and drinks and engaging in close contact with a strep carrier, which is very contagious. You can also get strep throat by touching an infected surface and then touching your face, especially your mouth, nose, or eyes.

  • Strep throat medications

    Antibiotics are the most effective medication to treat strep. You must receive a strep diagnosis in order to be treated with antibiotics. Our doctors can order a rapid strep test to determine the cause of your symptoms. If the test is positive, our doctors can prescribe antibiotics to get rid of the infection.

  • Antibiotics

    Antibiotics can kill the group A Streptococcus bacteria that cause strep throat. Antibiotics will have no effect on sore throats caused by viruses. The most common antibiotics prescribed to treat strep are penicillin and amoxicillin. They are safe and effective.

    Patients allergic to penicillin may be able to take one of these alternative antibiotics:

  • Side effects of antibiotics

    Antibiotics can come with side effects, such as:

    • Vomiting

    • Abdominal pain

    • Nausea

    • Diarrhea

    • Loss of appetite

    These side effects are usually mild and should stop once you finish the medicine. If they are severe or continue afterwards, speak to a doctor immediately

    Although rare, some people can have an allergic reaction to antibiotics. Symptoms of an allergic reaction can include:

    Wheezing

    Rash

    Trouble breathing

    Fast heartbeat

    Dizziness

  • Seek emergency medical attention immediately if you experience any of these symptoms.

    A course of antibiotics to treat strep throat is usually taken for 10 days. You can start to feel better 24 hours after starting them. 24 hours after starting antibiotics, you will no longer be contagious and can go back to school or work.

    It is important to finish the complete course of antibiotics to completely get rid of the infection and avoid the possibility of developing antibiotic resistant bacteria.

  • How to prevent strep throat

    • Wash your hands frequently: Washing your hands frequently throughout the day can prevent help infection. During strep season (late fall and early spring) and when in public places like schools, public transportation, or any other crowded public place, you are more at risk to be infected.
    • Avoid sharing personal items: You can decrease the risk of getting strep and other illnesses by avoiding sharing food, drinks, towels, and other personal items with others.
    • Cover when you cough or sneeze: To prevent spread, cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, and encourage others to do the same.

    When to see a doctor for strep throat

    If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor:

    • Fever
    • Sore throat and swollen glands
    • Sore throat lasting more than 48 hours

    If you experience any of these common strep throat symptoms, it is important to see a doctor to diagnose strep throat as soon as possible, so that they can prescribe you antibiotics to eliminate the infection and avoid spreading it to others.

    Seek immediate help if you experience:

    • Sudden sore throat with a rash
    • Fever > 100.4° F for an infant 12 weeks old or younger
    • Fever > 104° F in any child or adult
    • Difficulty breathing or swallowing
    • Diagnosed case of strep throat that doesn’t respond to antibiotics in 48 hours

    Related conditions to strep throat

  • Cold

    The common cold, commonly caused by the adenovirus, usually starts with a sore throat. You may also experience a runny nose, sneezing, coughing, and fatigue.

  • Sore Throat

    A sore throat is the hallmark symptom of pharyngitis. A cobblestone appearance toward the back of the throat (“cobblestone throat”) may also be present.

  • Flu

    If you have the flu, your sore throat symptoms may be accompanied by a fever or chills, headache, nasal discharge, muscle aches, and fatigue.

  • Tonsillitis

    A sore throat is a common symptom of tonsillitis, a condition where the tonsils in the throat become inflamed. It can be caused by viruses, such as the Epstein-Barr virus, or bacteria, such as Staphylococcus aureus. Most cases of acute tonsillitis are viral, but chronic sore throat may be related to a bacterial infection.

  • Sinus infection

  • How to treat strep throat

    Although sore throats due to the cold or flu can get better on their own, strep throat needs to be treated with antibiotics to prevent further spread and avoid the risk of complications. The most common treatment for strep throat is a course of antibiotics.

    Antibiotics can reduce uncomfortable symptoms within a couple of days and prevent the spread of the infection to others when taken within 48 hours of symptom onset. Most patients begin to feel better within a day or two of antibiotics. Speak to your doctor if you don’t start feeling better within 48 hours of starting antibiotics.

    Some other tips to relieve symptoms include:

    • Hydrate: It’s important to stay hydrated to prevent dehydration due to fever and keep your throat lubricated.
    • Sleep: Your body needs adequate rest to fight the infection.
    • Eat soft foods: This can include eating soups, popsicles, applesauce, mashed potatoes, and other foods that are easy to swallow to reduce pain.
    • Humidifying: Humidifiers can help keep your nose and throat moist, relieving pain.
    • Stop smoking: Smoking and exposure to second hand smoke can aggravate symptoms.

    Strep Throat Treatment FAQs

    • What is the treatment for strep throat?

      Medical treatment for strep throat is a course of antibiotics. Since strep throat is a bacterial infection, it is treated by antibiotics. To get antibiotics, you will need to see a doctor for a prescription, which is given after the doctor evaluates your symptoms takes a strep throat test, to confirm the cause.

    • How long does strep throat last with treatment?

      Symptoms of strep throat can resolve a day or two after beginning treatment with antibiotics. The strep throat infection is usually completely cured after 10 days of taking antibiotics, so it is important to finish taking the prescribed course of antibiotics, even if you start to feel better sooner.

    • How long does strep throat last without treatment?

      Strep throat can get better within a week without treatment, however, you will remain contagious for two to three weeks without antibiotics. In addition, without treatment, you are at risk of developing serious complications, such as kidney inflammation and rheumatic fever.

    • What to do for strep throat treatment when pregnant?

      •Strep throat is usually not dangerous to pregnant women, especially if you consult a doctor to get antibiotics it as soon as you notice symptoms. Antibiotics prescribed for strep throat, including penicillin and cephalosporin, should be safe for use during pregnancy.

      It is important to get treatment as soon as possible, because a high fever could pose a threat to the baby. A severe fever during your first trimester could prevent the fetus’ vital organs from developing properly.

      •Antibiotics are generally safe for the baby, but taking more than prescribed can be harmful to both you and your baby. For this reason, it is important to take the antibiotics as prescribed by your doctor. Your symptoms should generally improve within the first 24 hours of treatment. Make sure you take the complete course of the antibiotics you have been prescribed, even if you feel better. Not finishing the full course of prescribed antibiotics may leave bacteria in your system, allowing the bacteria to become immune to the antibiotics. If this happens, you may have to take more powerful antibiotics that can present harmful side effects to you and your baby

    • What kind of treatment for strep throat spreads to your ear?

      The best treatment for strep throat is a course of antibiotics. If strep throat spreads to your ear, it is even more important to see a doctor to get antibiotics, to stop the infection before serious complications arise.