Strep throat treatment, diagnosis & prescriptions
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Can a doctor treat a strep throat on Maple?
Yes, in some cases. A Maple doctor can diagnose strep throat online by asking about your symptoms, observing your condition, and ordering tests. Once you describe your symptoms to the doctor, they are often able to diagnose, prescribe any necessary medication, and recommend an appropriate course of treatment.
If the doctor suspects you have a more serious problem or if they’re unable to diagnose you, they may suggest you go to a clinic for a thorough physical examination.
Can I get a prescription on Maple?
Yes, our physicians can prescribe medications online during your consultation. Once you accept a prescription, you’ll have the option to pick it up from any pharmacy or we’ll deliver it right to your door at no additional cost.
You can visit our How it Works page to learn more.
What is strep throat?
Strep throat is a bacterial infection of the throat. It causes inflammation and pain, and most commonly infects children between the ages of 5 and 15 but can also affect adults.
What are the symptoms of strep throat?
Common symptoms of strep throat include:
- A sudden fever, typically 38°C(101°F)
- A sore, red throat with white patches
- Swollen, painful tonsils
- Swollen lymph nodes in the neck
- Trouble swallowing
- Loss of appetite
- A headache
What causes strep throat?
Strep throat is caused by the bacteria Streptococcus pyogenes (group A Streptococcus). The infection is contagious and spread through sneezing and coughing, as well as direct contact and sharing food or drink.
What is strep throat incubation period?
The incubation period for strep throat is 2-5 days after exposure.
Can you get strep throat without tonsils?
While removing tonsils does not eliminate the risk of strep throat, it can greatly reduce the severity of the infection. If you are prone to strep throat and get it frequently, your doctor may suggest removing your tonsils.
How long does strep throat last?
Strep throat is a self-limiting disease, that will typically resolve with or without treatment in 3-7 days. However, treatment is recommended in children to prevent further complications, and in adults to reduce symptoms.
How can I treat strep throat?
Strep throat in children is typically treated with antibiotics. There are some at-home treatments that can help with symptoms, such as hot water with lemon and honey; throat lozenges, cool-mist humidifiers, gargling with salt water, pain killers (like ibuprofen or acetaminophen), and eating popsicles!
In adults, strep throat may be treated with antibiotics, or other medications such as steroids and anti-inflammatories that help to reduce symptoms.
What is Maple?
With Maple, you can start consulting with a doctor about your symptoms in a matter of minutes. We’re a healthcare app for fast, convenient 24/7 access to Canadian doctors.
You simply log in, tap a button to request a consultation, and we’ll immediately connect you to a doctor via live chat or video.
Our doctors can assess symptoms, and provide treatment, including prescriptions as necessary.
You can visit our How it Works page to learn more.
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Saves a lot of time compared to sitting in a doctor's office!
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Not having to endure a long wait at a walk in clinic is fabulous. Especially since I have twin pre-schoolers to contend with.
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Instead of my husband having to drag both kids to the hospital or walk in alone he was able to see a doctor right away and get a prescription faxed to our local pharmacy.
Our family has used this service twice so far and it has been amazing. Both doctors were friendly, compassionate and you never feel rushed.
Was concerned I wouldn’t be able to see a doctor without an appointment. I installed the Maple app, spoke to a doctor and had my prescription in under 30 min.
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Conditions Maple doctors can treat
Our doctors see and treat many common medical issues on Maple.
Some examples include:
- Biliary Colic/ Gallbladder Attack
- Bites & stings
- Body aches
- Flu (Influenza)
- Kidney stones
- Nail infections
- Nasal congestion
- Nausea & vomiting
- Pink eye
- Sinus infections
- Sore throat
- Sprains & minor injuries
- Strep throat
- Respiratory infections
- and more...
Doctors can advise on family planning and treat conditions like urinary tract infections and erectile dysfunction.
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