Back to School can often mean Back to the Doctor’s Office…and so I thought it timely to share this information with you.
Unfortunately over the years, our family has seen as lot of strep. We have also learned that strep has symptoms beyond what is commonly known. Over the years I’ve also recommended to friends to have their kids swabbed based on the current symptoms and much to their surprise, they tested positive.
So here are some things that you may or may not know about Strep:
1- Not every case of Strep involves fever
2- Not every case of Strep involves a sore throat
3- Headache is a symptom of Strep
4- Stomach ache is a symptom of Strep
5- Vomiting is a symptom of Strep
6- Rash is a a symptom of Strep
7- A swollen gland can be a symptom of Strep
8- Although cough is NOT usually a symptom of Strep, anything going on in the ‘throat’ area can be a symptom-including a scratchy voice (NOTE: Kids sometimes complain that their “neck” hurts…this can sometimes mean “throat”)
9- Antibiotic treatment should only commence once Strep has been confirmed via a Rapid Strep Test or Strep Culture (Some labs will test only at 24 hours, while other will test at both 24 and 48 hours)
10- Strep, left untreated, can cause serious complications, affecting the kidneys, heart and other areas and systems within the body
11- After 48 hours of treatment with antibiotics for Strep, the Strep is no longer considered contagious.
12- Strep can live in toothbrushes, so toothbrushes must be replaced after after treatment for Strep. To be extra cautious. you can replace with a ‘cheap’ toothbrush 48 hours after treatment begins and with a fresh one when treatment is over.
All of this does not mean that every time your child has a headache or a stomach ache, you should run to get tested. It does mean, however, if your child is unwell and displaying some or all of these symptoms, even in the absence of fever or a sore throat, you should consult your medical practitioner as to whether a swab and culture might be called for.
Have you or your child ever tested positive when swabbed based on ‘non-traditional’ symptoms? Were you surprised?
Wishing you a healthy & happy day,