Worried About Strep Throat?!
Fall is in full swing and so are illnesses, especially with sharing germs daily at school, daycare, etc. Sore throats are a very common symptom to many viruses, even the common cold. So, as a mom when do you decide maybe it’s more than “just a virus”?
All of us have likely heard of and are somewhat familiar with Strep throat. Strep throat is a bacterial infection that causes a sore throat and usually a fever as well. Strep throat is caused by Streptococcal infection of the throat and tonsils. Common symptoms of Strep throat are sore throat with sometimes red or white spots noticeable, fever and chills, swollen glands, and difficulty swallowing because the throat is so sore.
So, the hard part as a parent is that all those symptoms could also be many other viruses as well. The best thing to do if you suspect it could be Strep throat is have your child checked by the doctor. I know sometimes it can be a hassle, I know it’s hard to get them to the doctor for many reasons, in particular, schedules, fear of doctors, copays, etc., but strep throat is definitely one thing we don’t want to put off. The doctors office can swab the throat and do a rapid strep test to check right away for the streptococcal infection. They will sometimes also send out a culture to the lab if the initial rapid test is negative to allow it time to grow and make sure that strep infection is not present.
I know when your kids are sick it is hard to think positive, but remember Strep infection is treatable with an antibiotic. Once your child has been on the antibiotic for 24 hrs and also fever free they should be able to return to school, daycare, etc. Don’t forget with Strep throat that once on antibiotics for 24 hrs it is a good idea to replace toothbrushes as well. You can find up to date/detailed info on Strep throat here: https://www.cdc.gov/features/strepthroat/index.html at the CDC website. Please do remember this blog is to share info from mom to mom and is not medical advice so if you should have any specific questions/concerns please contact a medial professional:) I am wishing everyone a healthy happy holiday season!