A graduate of the Chicaco College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Lamont Tyler leverages more than two decades of professional medical experience to treat patients at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center’s PromptCare clinic in Bloomington, Illinois. Additionally, Dr. Lamont Tyler offers his professional medical insight each week on Doc Talk, his radio show on Cities 92.9 FM.
Each week, Dr. Tyler discusses such common medical concerns as strep throat, a bacterial infection of the throat that, when not treated sufficiently, can cause complications affecting the kidneys, joints, or even heart. While often associated with children and most commonly seen in individuals between the ages of 5 and 15, strep throat can affect patients of all ages. Its symptoms include fever, swollen tonsils, and swollen or tender lymph nodes. Strep throat typically does not occur with a cough.
Caused by an extremely contagious bacteria, strep throat can be transmitted via air or even shared objects. For this reason, group settings such as workplaces or schools pose a relatively high risk for strep. Physicians generally prescribe antibiotics to treat a strep infection, and patients are considered to no longer be contagious after 24 hours of treatment. Strep patients typically receive a prescription for a 10-day antibiotic course and should take care to complete it--even if they begin feeling better--to avoid such complications as scarlet fever or kidney inflammation.
As Medical Director of OSF St. Joseph Medical Center’s PromptCare, Dr. Lamont Tyler takes pride in the diverse array of services offered to all individuals on a walk-in basis.