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  1. What Is A Sore Throat?

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    Sore Throat

    A viral infection is the most common cause of a sore throat. Different viruses like measles and influenza can affect the pharynx. Bacteria can also build up in this region and cause inflammation. While some bacteria can be extremely dangerous, sore throats are often harmless and they disappear after a few days without needing any medical attention. Look for a runny nose or a cough along with hoarseness in the voice. Gargling with salt water and lozenges can help soothe it. However, it is recommended to see a doctor if your child is suffering from any pain or discomfort because the doctor may prescribe anti-fungal medicines or pain relievers.

    What is Strep Throat?

    This is a disease caused by the Group A Beta-hemolytic Streptococcus bacteria and is most commonly found in children. While some may get only a mild infection, there are some who can catch a severe case of this infection. It can also be very contagious so it is important to look out for the common symptoms and get them treated immediately.

    Some of the common symptoms of this infection include high fever, a headache or vomiting. Some children may experience a rash or have spots on the back of their neck. Inflamed or swollen tonsils or flu symptoms are also common strep throat symptoms. Some of them may also experience congestion or pain in their lungs and find it difficult to breathe.

    Why Your Child Needs Medical Care

    If your child shows any symptoms that might indicate that he or she has an infection, it is a good idea to visit the doctor. A throat culture test is usually done in order to determine whether the child is suffering from anything severe. This test is a simple one and the throat is simply swabbed with a device which is then placed in a cup so that any growing infection can be spotted. If strep throat is caught early, the child can be treated with antibiotics and get cured within a few days and back to their normal routine. If it is not detected on time, a severe case of the infection could last up to 3 weeks.

    At Pediatric Partners, we take care of children right from babyhood until they get to adolescence. Every child is given special care and treatment in order to prevent medical problems as well as treat any infections or diseases. Call Pediatric Partners to schedule your appointment today.

  2. Strep Throat

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    RECOGNIZING THE SYMPTOMS OF STREP THROAT IN CHILDREN

    Strep throat in children is often mistaken for sore throat or tonsillitis, but there are significant clinical differences that distinguish these three conditions. Recognizing these differences is the key to proper diagnosis.

    CAUSES AND SYMPTOMS OF STREP THROAT

    Strep throat infection is caused by the Group A Streptococcus bacteria and is most common in children between the ages of 5 and 15. There is an incubation period of 1 to 4 days after your child contracts the infection. Symptoms usually develop after that.

    TYPICAL SYMPTOMS FOR STREP THROAT INCLUDE:

    • Fever with sore throat (Fever usually begins suddenly and is often the highest on the second day)
    • Sudden onset of swollen throat and pain in throat for no apparent reason
    • Throat hurts when swallowing
    • White patches in the throat and on the tonsils
    • Lymph nodes on side of neck are swollen and tender
    • General feeling of illness and lack of appetite

    SYMPTOMS IN INFANTS

    The main symptom of strep throat in infants is a thick yellow or green discharge from the nose accompanied by a low grade fever, irritability, fussiness and a loss of appetite.

    SYMPTOMS IN TODDLERS

    Children aged 1-3 years may be cranky and have trouble swallowing. They may also complain of pain in the throat and lymph nodes beneath the jaws may be swollen.

    STREP THROAT IS CONTAGIOUS

    Strep throat is very contagious and can easily be contracted by coming in contact with the airborne droplets of an infected person. Food borne outbreaks are not as common. The risk of spreading the infection diminishes significantly after initiation of proper treatment with antibiotics.

    THE IMPORTANCE OF PROMPT TREATMENT FOR STREP THROAT

    Seeking immediate medical help is important if your child has a sore throat or pain in the throat that is accompanied by high fever, headache, fatigue or a stomach ache.

    Prompt antibiotic treatment can reduce the duration of the symptoms and also lowers the potential to transmit the disease to other children. Untreated strep infection can also lead to other complications that could otherwise be avoided.

    If you think your child may have strep, call Pediatric Partners today to get your child on the road to recovery.

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