Do you need to meet your pediatrician in Oak Lawn, IL?
Does your child have strep throat? Anyone can get strep throat, but it is most common in children and teenagers. Pediatrics On Demand offers full-service, state-of-the-art pediatric care to kids of all ages. Dr. Ayman Rawda is your Oak Lawn, IL pediatrician. Here are seven signs your child has strep throat.
1. Throat Pain
Strep throat is a bacterial infection that causes inflammation and throat pain. Severe pain in the throat is usually the first sign of strep throat. It is usually difficult to get rid of the discomfort completely without prescription medication.
2. White Patches
Strep throat can cause yellow or white patches on the tonsils or in the back of the throat. Instead of yellow or white patches, you may notice long streaks of pus coating your child's tonsils. This is also a symptom of strep throat.
3. Difficulty Swallowing
Pain during swallowing that makes it difficult to swallow is another common symptom of strep throat. If your child's sore throat becomes painful when he or she swallows, they may have strep throat.
4. Swollen Glands
Feel the glands in your child's neck. The lymph nodes in your child's neck will usually be tender to the touch and swollen if he or she has strep throat. Lymph nodes generally are not painful or tender.
Headaches are another common symptom of strep throat. They can range in severity from mild to excruciating. Pay attention to your child's symptoms and consult a pediatrician if a headache occurs frequently or worsens.
Another common symptom of strep throat in children includes fever over 101°F (38.3°C). A lower fever may point to a viral infection and not strep throat, so take note of that. Most fevers will go away on their own within one or two days. By the third day, the other symptoms should begin to disappear.
So, what are you waiting for? Call Pediatrics On Demand in Oak Lawn, IL right now to schedule an appointment. We offer state-of-the-art treatments for strep throat. We can provide all the relief your child needs.