A sore throat is one of the most common symptoms of a childhood illness. The cause is generally viral, however, allergies and bacterial infections like Strep are also quite common. Strep symptoms usually include fever, headache, stomachache, sore throat and swollen neck lymph nodes. It is very important to treat children with a Strep infection. Untreated patients can go on to have serious complications to the heart, kidneys, joints and more. We run a rapid test and a backup culture to find 100% of these cases, as we never want to see a complication. If your child tests positive for strep, we will treat her with an antibiotic for 10 days. It is imperative that you complete the entire 10 day treatment to avoid the complications. Children with strep are highly contagious until 24 hours after the antibiotic has been taken. Do your best to avoid spreading the disease by quarantining your child for this 24 hour period.

 

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