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At NewMed Immediate Care in Rolling Meadows, we understand how uncomfortable and disruptive a sore throat can be. Whether it’s caused by an infection, an allergy, or environmental factors, our clinic provides rapid and effective treatment for sore throat symptoms, along with comprehensive diagnostic services to identify the underlying cause.

Understanding Sore Throats

A sore throat can manifest as pain, scratchiness, or irritation of the throat that often worsens when swallowing. The most common cause of a sore throat (pharyngitis) is a viral infection, such as the cold or flu. However, sore throats can also be caused by bacteria, most notably Streptococcus pyogenes, resulting in strep throat, which requires targeted antibiotic treatment.

Causes of Sore Throats

  • Viral Infections: Including the common cold, influenza, mononucleosis, or COVID-19.
  • Bacterial Infections: Such as strep throat, which is caused by the bacterium Streptococcus pyogenes.
  • Allergies: Pollen, dust, pets, or molds can trigger postnasal drip and lead to throat irritation.
  • Environmental Factors: Dry air, pollution, or smoke can exacerbate throat discomfort.
  • Other Causes: Acid reflux, overuse (such as yelling or prolonged talking), and injuries to the throat.

Symptoms of Sore Throat

  • Pain or a scratchy sensation in the throat
  • Pain that worsens with swallowing or talking
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Sore, swollen glands in your neck or jaw
  • Swollen, red tonsils
  • White patches or pus on your tonsils
  • Hoarseness or loss of voice

Our Sore Throat Treatment Approach Near

Throat Examination and Strep Testing:

Upon your visit, our healthcare providers will conduct a thorough examination of your throat, check for signs of inflammation, and may perform a rapid strep test or a throat culture to determine if strep bacteria are present. This helps in distinguishing between viral and bacterial infections, which is crucial for treatment direction.

Infected Throat Treatment Options Near Arlington Heights:

  • Medication: If the sore throat is caused by bacteria, such as with strep throat, antibiotics will be prescribed. For viral infections, treatment focuses on relieving symptoms.
  • Pain Relief: Over-the-counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen can help reduce throat pain and fevers.
  • Home Remedies: Practical measures such as staying hydrated, using throat lozenges, and gargling with salt water can also provide symptom relief.

When to Seek Medical Attention for a Sore Throat

It’s important to visit NewMed Immediate Care if:

  • Your sore throat is severe or lasts longer than a week.
  • You have difficulty swallowing or breathing.
  • You have a high fever, rash, or joint pain.
  • You see blood in your saliva or phlegm.
  • Symptoms are recurrent or are not relieved by initial over-the-counter treatments.

Visit NewMed Immediate Care for Throat Pain Relief

If you’re experiencing persistent or severe throat pain, don’t wait for it to worsen. Visit NewMed Immediate Care in Rolling Meadows for a thorough diagnosis and effective treatment to relieve your symptoms. We offer urgent care for throat pain and strep testing to ensure you receive the most appropriate and prompt treatment.

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Convenient Locations and Accessibility

Located near major expressways and well-connected by public transport, our clinics in Rolling Meadows, Cicero, Chicago, Roseland, and Hoffman Estates are easily accessible. We cater to the needs of our community by offering flexible visiting hours, including walk-in options and the ability to schedule appointments online or by phone. This ensures that you can receive care when it suits you best.

Rolling Meadows

1669 W. Algonquin Rd
Rolling Meadows IL 60008


5741 W Cermak Rd
Cicero IL 60804


2408 W Cermak Rd
Chicago IL 60608


134 W 111th St Floor 2
Chicago IL 60628

Hoffman Estates

925 N Roselle Rd
Hoffman Estates IL 60169