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Your seven-year-old complains of a sore throat. She is running a fever and says that the sides of her throat feel puffy. Does she have strep throat? Here at 7 Days Pediatrics, in Edison, NJ, our team of six board-certified children's doctors can help you find the answer!
It's pretty common
Strep throat is a common childhood illness affecting kids up to age 15 before becoming less frequent in adulthood.
Different from the throat discomfort that results from the common cold, strep isn't caused by a virus, but rather, from a bacteria called Streptococcus pyrogenes. Detected through a throat examination (visual inspection) and throat culture, strep throat requires treatment with an antibiotic to quell symptoms and avoid complications.
Why strep can be dangerous
Besides the symptoms of painful sore throat, fever, fatigue, and stomach ache, strep can cause swollen glands in the neck which then impede the airway and create complications in other bodily systems. Untreated, strep throat may also lead to rheumatic fever, a debilitating illness which damages the heart valves and joints.
The strep test
Your Edison children's doctor uses a rapid strep test to detect this bacteria quickly. All it takes is a quick throat swab, with results appearing in 10 to 15 minutes. Your pediatrician may send a sample to a medical lab for a culture and analysis to confirm the diagnosis of strep throat.
Most children respond well to treatment with antibiotics. Amoxycillin is a common choice to combat the illness, while ibuprofen and acetaminophen can be used to lessen any pain. Parents should also push fluids, offer a soft diet, and ensure that children rest for a couple of days after beginning treatment.
To help avoid contracting strep throat (and other communicable diseases, such as the flu and the common cold), practice careful hand washing, cough/sneeze into a tissue, and stay out of crowds during the winter months.
Strep throat? We can help
At 7 Days Pediatrics, your sick child will see a real pediatrician whatever day of the week you bring them to the office. We offer exceptionally skilled and compassionate care for both acute and chronic conditions, as well as provide immunizations, well-child check-ups, and more.
Call us at (732) 548-3210 to schedule an appointment with one of our children's doctors. We have two offices in Edison and one in South Plainfield.
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 thing 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
- Abdominal pain
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.