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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.
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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.