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what does strep throat look like in children without tonsils?

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Dr. Jason Perkel
24 years experience Pediatrics
Hard to say: I wouldn't think about a "look" of strep in the throat. It can be hard to predict sometimes by looking. Instead, if a child has a sore throat with a fever in the absence of cold symptoms like cough and runny nose, they should be checked for strep. Whether or not they have tonsils, they can also have headache, abdominal pain, vomiting and/or rashes.
Answered on Apr 18, 2017
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Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
The same: It can look the same as a virus or mono. Whether the tonsils are there or not makes little difference, since you can still get strep after they are removed.There are some classical features you would need to be trained to identify, but docs seldome use appearance alone to make the diagnosis any more.An office quick test with backup culture is the gold standard.
Answered on Nov 21, 2016

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Dr. Charles Lockhart
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Possible infection: Schedule an exam with an ENT for evaluation and possible removal of tonsils.

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