Sickness doesn’t always occur on weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. In fact, we’ve often found it to be the case that symptoms pop up just when doctors’ offices are closing!

So if you’re enjoying a weekend in Knoxville and all of a sudden develop a sore throat, where can you go for care? Let us offer some insight!

Can You Get a Strep Test on a Weekend?

At AFC Urgent Care Knoxville, you can!

With our state-of-the-art laboratory, we can conduct on-site blood work and throat cultures to get you diagnosed and headed out the door with a treatment plan. No need to wait!

Symptoms of Strep Throat

  • Bad breath
  • Fever of 101 degrees or higher
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Red spots on roof of mouth
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Vomiting

When Should I See a Doctor?

If your sore throat hasn’t improved within 48 hours or has gotten worse, now’s the time to seek medical attention. If you have strep throat, the infection is highly contagious, so getting a diagnosis and beginning antibiotic therapy is important.

You can also take steps at home to help your body heal faster.

At-home Treatment for Strep Throat

  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Gargle with warm salt water.
  • Try OTC pain relievers or throat lozenges.
  • Get plenty of rest and quality sleep.
  • Use a humidifier to increase moisture in the air.

At AFC Urgent Care Knoxville, we have an experienced physician on-site seven days a week. We’ll get you back to feeling your best!