Strep throat season is just around the corner. Know the warning signs.
Your child is complaining of a sore throat. Just because your child has a sore throat this doesn’t necessarily mean that they have strep throat. Viral infections are typically responsible for sore throats but a bacterial infection (A streptococcal, to be exact) is responsible for strep throat. Of course, it’s important to recognize when your child’s sore throat is actually strep throat so that our Oak Lawn, IL, pediatricians can provide you with the proper medication.
Symptoms of Strep Throat
While a sore throat is the classic symptom of strep throat other warning signs include:
- Pain and difficulty swallowing
- Swollen and tender lymph nodes in the neck
- Swollen, red tonsils
- A fever over 101 degrees F
- Bleeding tonsils or pus
- Red or white patches on the throat
- Nausea or stomach pain
- Loss of appetite
- A red rash (not as common)
If your child is experiencing a sore throat accompanied by some of the symptoms above it’s best to play it safe and visit your children’s doctor. Pediatrics on Demand offers urgent care services to sick children and teens living in and around Oak Lawn, IL. You don’t even need to schedule an appointment; just walk right into our clinic for immediate treatment.
Diagnosing and Treating Strep Throat
Strep throat is extremely contagious, which is why we often see this infection in school-age children. It’s important that your child gets treated as soon as possible to prevent complications.
Our pediatricians will swab your child’s throat to collect a sample for testing. This is known as a rapid strep test and we’ll get results in as little as five minutes. If your child does have strep throat antibiotics will be prescribed for about 10 days. Even if your child is feeling better it’s important that they don’t stop taking their antibiotics.
Along with antibiotics it’s important that your child rest as much as possible and stay hydrated. Avoid acidic foods and drinks, which can exacerbate sore throats. Talk to your pediatrician about when it’s safe for your child to return to school and their regular activities.
Dealing with a sick child can be stressful. Let the caring, friendly team at Pediatrics on Demand in Oak Lawn, IL, provide your little one with the treatment and care they need to feel better. Call us today at (708) 424-0900.