Mercy’s Dr. Ruth Brocato Discusses Sore Throat vs. Strep Throat

January 31, 2017
Mercy Personal Physicians at Lutherville

Most people have had a sore throat at one time or another, but many wonder when to get treatment for it.

According to Dr. Ruth Brocato, a Primary Care Provider specializing in Family Medicine at Mercy Personal Physicians at Lutherville, if the sore throat comes with cold symptoms like cough and congestion, the patient most likely has a virus which will eventually go away on its own.

But if the patient has a fever and a sore throat without other symptoms, they could have strep throat.

“On exam, strep often has white spots and small red spots on the punching bag, the uvula, and soft pallet swollen glands, fever without coughing or congestion,” Dr. Brocato said.

“I wake up and it's really hard to swallow,” patient Annie Wright said. “I almost feel like there's these bumps in my throat, with trouble eating and sleeping. It’s just really irritable and uncomfortable.”

Strep is a bacterial infection that needs to be treated with antibiotics. Dr. Brocato added that if you have a sore throat, you should see a doctor.

View Dr. Brocato’s interview regarding strep throat.


Dan Collins - Senior Director of Media Relations at Mercy Medical Center

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About Mercy

Founded in 1874 in downtown Baltimore by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Medical Center is a 183-licensed bed acute care university-affiliated teaching hospital. Mercy has been recognized as a top Maryland hospital by U.S. News & World Report; a Top 100 hospital for Women’s Health & Orthopedics by Healthgrades; is currently A-rated for Hospital Safety (Leapfrog Group), and is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet Hospital. Mercy Medical Center is part of Mercy Health Services (MHS), the parent of Mercy’s primary care and specialty care physician enterprise, known as Mercy Personal Physicians, which employs more than 200 providers with locations in Baltimore, Lutherville, Overlea, Glen Burnie, Columbia and Reisterstown. For more information about Mercy, visit www.mdmercy.com, MDMercyMedia on FacebookTwitter, or call 1-800-MD-Mercy.

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