Is It Strep Throat?

Is It Strep Throat?

Strep throat is a common infection seen in the childhood years and is caused by a bacteria called Streptococcus pyogenes. To some extent, the symptoms of strep throat depend on the child’s age. Infants with strep infections may have only a low fever and a thickened or bloody nasal discharge. Toddlers (ages one to three) also may have a thickened or bloody nasal discharge with a fever. Such children are usually quite cranky, have no appetite, and often have swollen glands in the neck. Sometimes toddlers will complain of tummy pain instead of a sore throat. Studies have shown that children under three years of age are less likely to get strep throat infections. Children over three years of age with strep are often more ill; they may have an extremely painful throat, fever over 102 degrees Fahrenheit (38.9 degrees Celsius), swollen glands in the neck, and pus on the tonsils.

Strep throat can be difficult to discern from viral illnesses that cause sore throats. If your child has a sore throat that persists (not one that goes away after her first drink in the morning), whether or not it is accompanied by fever, headache, stomachache, or extreme fatigue, you should call the office.

If your child is diagnosed with strep throat it is important to complete the antibiotics even if your child starts to get better, as failure to complete the antibiotics as prescribed can lead to complications of the strep infection. Generally your child is not considered contagious after they have been on antibiotics for 24 hours. To prevent re-infection it is important to disinfect or replace toothbrushes or other orthodontia once your child has been on antibiotics for 72 hours.  More information on can be found by clinking at this link:  strep throat.

 

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