Dr. Pani

Pani Shoja, MD

At Urgent Care Hawaii clinics we’ve been seeing new cases of Strep Throat and Conjunctivitis, both of which need a doctor’s diagnosis and treatment.

Sore throats can be caused by many factors such as viruses, allergies, dry air and drainage from a runny nose. Strep throat is caused by bacteria such as Streptococcus pyogenes.

Symptoms of Strep Throat:

  • Sudden painful sore throat
  • Red spots on the area at the back of the mouth, or white spots on red and swollen tonsils
  • Painful swallowing
  • Fever
  • Swollen, tender lymph nodes on neck
  • Loss of appetite
  • Headache
  • Body aches

See the doctor if the sore throat is accompanied by tender swollen lymph nodes, and if the sore throat lasts longer than 48 hours. The doctor will confirm the diagnosis with a simple painless throat swab, and then prescribe antibiotics for treatment.

Note: Strep throat can spread easily by sharing personal items, close contact with an infected person, and even through the air by sneezing and coughing.

Conjunctivitis, also known as pinkeye, is an inflammation of the thin transparent membrane that lies over the white part of the eye and lines the inside of the eyelid. It can be caused by viruses, bacteria, irritants and allergies. It spreads easily and is not a serious health risk if diagnosed promptly. (Pinkeye in babies is serious and should be diagnosed immediately as it could be a vision-threatening infection.)

Symptoms of Pinkeye

  • Redness in the white of the eye or inner eyelid
  • Discharge that forms a crust during the night
  • Itchy and burning eyes with a gritty feeling
  • Blurred vision
  • Increased sensitivity to light

The doctor will conduct an eye exam and may take a sample of fluid from the eyelid to be analyzed in a lab. Once confirmed, proper treatment will be prescribed.

Pinkeye can easily spread. Important:

  • Don’t touch or rub the infected eye(s)
  • Wash hands often with soap and warm water
  • Wash bed linens and pillow cases in hot water and detergent
  • Wear eyeglasses instead of contact lenses
  • Do not share personal articles

Remember, early diagnosis and treatment can help limit the spread of Strep and Conjunctivitis. Children should not go back to school or day care until their fever has gone and they have taken an antibiotic for at least 24 hours. Once diagnosed and treatment is started, it won’t be long before you feel better!

Pani Shoja, MD
Urgent Care Hawaii
Medical Director

About Urgent Care Hawaii: Urgent Care Hawaii medical clinics provide immediate and urgent medical care on Oahu for Pearl City, Honolulu, Waikiki, Waipahu, Aiea, Kapolei, Kunia, Waipio, Makakilo, Halawa, Mililani, Kailua and Ewa Beach. The clinics provide quick and affordable options for people needing immediate medical care and treatment for common or everyday health problems seven days a week – no appointments are necessary. The Pearl City location is certified by The Urgent Care Association of America and is a member of the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii.

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