Signs Your Child Has Strep Throat
By 7 Days Pediatrics
September 30, 2015
Category: Pediatric Health
Tags: Strep Throat  

Find out if the symptoms your child is experiencing could be indicative of strep throat.

It’s school time again and while children are excited to go back to seeing their friends and participating in school activities the one thingStrep Throat no one is excited to deal with is sickness. Unfortunately, this will happen at some point to your little one and it’s important to know the signs of strep so you know when to see your Perth Amboy pediatricians Dr. Gauri Bhagwat, Dr. Hung Nguyen and Dr. Nimisha Shukla.

What is strep throat?

This condition is a common cause of sore throats in school-age children and teens. The group A streptococcus bacteria is responsible for sore throats and can be found living in the nose and throat. This is why sneezing and coughing can quickly spread the infection.

Strep Throat vs. Sore Throat

It’s important that you are able to differentiate between strep throat and just having a sore throat, because they aren’t the same thing. If your child’s sore throat is also followed by a runny nose, scratchy throat or red eyes then this is often the result of a virus that will clear up on its own with time. The difference between these two conditions lies in the symptoms your child displays….

What are the symptoms of strep throat?

If your child truly has strep they will start to develop symptoms about three days after contracting the virus. Some of these symptoms include:

  • Red or white patches on the throat
  • Inflamed tonsils
  • Swollen or tender lymph nodes in the neck
  • Problems swallowing
  • General malaise
  • Loss of appetite
  • Rash
  • Fever
  • Abdominal pain
  • Headache

If your child is experiencing any of these symptoms then you need to seek antibiotics from your Perth Amboy children’s doctor. Strep throat requires medical treatment. We will swab a sample from the back of your child’s throat to determine that their symptoms are due to strep. Once we get the results back in a couple of days we will be able to come up with a proper treatment plan to get your little one feeling better.

How will my Perth Amboy, NJ pediatrician treat my child’s strep?

Antibiotics are the number-one way to treat strep throat. Most strep throat cases will require about 10 days of antibiotics to effectively eliminate this problem. About 24 hours after starting medication, children should no longer be contagious. After a few more days they should start to see a reduction in their symptoms. Just remember that even if your child starts to feel better they should continue taking the antibiotics exactly as we have prescribed to ensure that the infection doesn’t return.

If your child is showing signs of strep, act now! Call 7 Days Pediatrics today to schedule your child’s much-needed checkup.

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Is Strep Throat Contagious?
By Nancy Jhon
December 06, 2016
The reason strep throat is contagious is because GAS bacteria live in your throat and nose making it easily for them to spread to other uninfected people around you. The bacteria travel through small droplets of water, which are released out when you sneeze or cough. As the droplets are sneezed out, they carry the infectious bacteria and land on any surface they find. If you touch any surface which has the bacterial droplets on them and then touch your nose or mouth with your contaminated hands, the infection then starts spreading in you. Similarly, if you share a glass or plate with the infected person or shake their hands, there is a high chance that you may become infected as well. It is best to wash your hands after such occasionsfollowing casual contacts. As mentioned earlier, the bacteria GAS is responsible for causing strep throat, but the Streptococcus class of bacteria also causes impetigo, an infection which causes red sores all over the body, rheumatic fever in addition to some more. The bacteria start growing in the throat or skin which leads to pus formation and non-inflammatory continuation of previous infection. Impetigo is contagious while rheumatic fever is not contagious however, strep throat can come before it, which certainly is contagious. At some times, if you touch skin sores caused by GAS, like impetigo, you can become infected easily. It is again recommended that you wash your hands. Sometimes you can become infected from food that contains the GAS bacteria. Although it does not happen often, strep throat is foodborne as well. That is why before pasteurization, preservation and refrigeration of food was not common, strep throat spread quite commonly. In the past, outbreaks of strep throat used to happen quite commonly due to contamination and consumption of raw milk. But now foodborne strep throat is rare so if many people complain of strep throat after eating food together in a venue, it can indicate contaminated food. When it comes to strep throat, the bacteria starts infecting by colonizing in the throat. The bacteria adheres to the dermal epithelial cells which is due to a specific bacterial surface ligand binding with receptors in the throat. The strong adherence is one of the reasons strep throat cannot be simply washed away so easily. In fact, salivary fluid and mucous passing down the throat cannot scrape the bacteria strongly adhered to the skin of the throat so they continue damaging the tissues in the throat. Previous infections are also crucial as any exposure before leads to weakening of the dermal barriers so when strep throat happens again, the bacteria are able to adhere to the host cells quite easily. Studies have also shown that at certain sites, the other bacteria are in competition with the infectious cells for adherence to the host cells. Reference: http://bit.ly/2h220pC