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13 month old with strep and pneumonia. How can I get her to eat? Should i be worried about her being hospitalized?

13 month old with strep and pneumonia. How can I get her to eat? Should i be worried about her being hospitalized?

PNEUMONIA: As long as she is drinking well, taking her meds, she will be ok. Don't force her too much to eat, then she will vomit and be sicker. If big issue, talk to her pediatrician. ...Read more

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Can 3 month old get b strep from my milk.what r the symptoms?

Can 3 month old get b strep from my milk.what r the symptoms?

Unlikely: Group B strep is a risk to newborns when it accesses their blood through the lungs and or birthing process. It is generally seen in a biphasic pattern, either at birth or 4-6 weeks. GBS is rarely seen later. It is not commonly found in breast milk and would likely be suppressed by oral enzymes and enter the gut as part of the regular germ content, if at all. ...Read more

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13 month old with strep and ammonia. How can I get her to eat? Should I worry about being hospitalized?

13 month old with strep and ammonia. How can I get her to eat? Should I worry about being hospitalized?

Yes: If having strep throat infection and pneumonia as mentioned, and not getting enough food or fluids by mouth, needs to be seen by her pediatrician or in the er. ...Read more

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How does a four-year-old get cellulitis and is it like a strep infection if not how is it different?

How does a four-year-old get cellulitis and is it like a strep infection if not how is it different?

Yes: Cellelitis is an infection of the skin and underlying tissue, basically. It is often caused by the strep bacteria, sometimes by staph. Strep is found everywhere but strep is the bacteria, cellulitis is the name given to the clinical infection. ...Read more

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I am 20 years old, have had strep 4 times in the last year & each time I'm out for a week with a high fever should I get them out?

I am 20 years old, have had strep 4 times in the last year & each time I'm out for a week with a high fever should I get them out?

Go see ENT: Was Strep proven by rapid test or culture each time? Or was diagnosis made empirically (just by exam w/o testing)? If former, get referral to ENT to discuss options. ...Read more

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5 yr old female, positive strep test, has a chest rash and complains of itchiness... Suggestions to get her to stop scratching?

5 yr old female, positive strep test, has a chest rash and complains of itchiness... Suggestions to get her to stop scratching?

Strep test: It appears that your child has scarlet fever. I hope she is under treatment. Have her soak in colloid oatmeal baths to reduce the itching. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a 22 mth old to get thrush in the ear? If so, will the amoxicillan she is prescribed for strep cure it, what could've caused it?

Is it possible for a 22 mth old to get thrush in the ear? If so, will the amoxicillan she is prescribed for strep cure it, what could've caused it?

No: Thrush relates to yeast in the mouth, not the ear. There may be a fungal infection in the ear but that is quite uncommon and is usually seen with chronic middle ear or external ear infections. Amoxicillin, albeit known to make people prone to yeast infection, will be the unlikely cause of ear fungal infection, the diagnosis thereof i actually doubt. ...Read more

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My 5 yr old has strep again for the 3rd time. Dec, march and again now. How many times do little ones get them before talks of removing the tonsils?

My 5 yr old has strep again for the 3rd time. Dec, march and again now.  How many times do little ones get them before talks of removing the tonsils?

You are there: After three bouts in such a short time you are now at the point to talk about removal of tonsils. This discussion should take place with a pediatric ear nose and throat doctor (ent). Ask your pediatrician for a referral if you do not already have one. ...Read more

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3.5 year olds adenoids to be removed. Should we get second opinion? I believe they enlarged after strep throat at christmas. Can they shrink naturally

3.5 year olds adenoids to be removed. Should we get second opinion? I believe they enlarged after strep throat at christmas. Can they shrink naturally

Maybe,maybe not: Removal should be based on the overall picture of the child's health. If snoring at night and showing other signs of potential sleep apnea, it would tend to worsen for several years before some relative decrease in size would be expected (after age 8-10). If truly symptomatic of sleep disturbance, this can improve the quality of life and avoid worsening issues. If not, no hurry. ...Read more

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Yesterday I held my 4 yr old cousin. Late last night, her mom said she threw up so she went to doctor today & she has strep. Can I get strep/throw up?

Yesterday I held my 4 yr old cousin. Late last night, her mom said she threw up so she went to doctor today & she has strep. Can I get strep/throw up?

Sure, if unlucky: Many people get strep (and some throws up, but most don't throw up). It's a common illness. If a person got exposed to strep throat germs, and then has cold symptoms or sore throat symptoms, she can get checked out by her primary care doctor. Most doctors can do a rapid strep throat swab test that takes 5 minutes. ...Read more

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5 year old has strep throat and Cant get him to take the nasty medicine they prescribed. Cefdirin. They refuse to switch why can't he take amoxicilLin?

5 year old has strep throat and Cant get him to take the nasty medicine they prescribed. Cefdirin. They refuse to switch why can't he take amoxicilLin?

Switch or shot: I see no reason not to switch, and wonder why they would use such a foul tasting and expensive med to start with. If the kid won't take any oral med, a LA Bicillin shot would also work. ...Read more

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8 yr old had untreated strep throat 5 weeks ago fever for 3 days sour throat for 5 I am worried he might get complications brother ws treated fr strep?

8 yr old had untreated strep throat 5 weeks ago fever for 3 days sour throat for 5 I am worried he might get complications brother ws treated fr strep?

Very unlikely: Local complication such as local abscess in throat occurs as infection spreads to adjacent tissue. Rheumatic fever occurs several weeks after "strep throat, " however, it's incidence in us has been very low. ...Read more

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Sore throat — strep throat (my 2.5year old currently has it)? Can I get a scrip & drs certificate please for myself?

Sore throat — strep throat (my 2.5year old currently has it)? Can I get a scrip & drs certificate please for myself?

Needs in-person exam: A doctor can write a note after doing an in-person exam. Generally, doctors do not write notes such as work-excuse or school-excuse notes, or back-to-work or back-to-school notes, without an exam. That is because a doctor's note is his written, signed, professional opinion, on whether a patient can or cannot do a particular activity. An in-person exam gives confidence to the doctor's opinion. ...Read more

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Normally how long does it take for a 21-year old with strep throat to get rheumatic fever? If the rheumatic fever is very mild, need treatment?

Normally how long does it take for a 21-year old with strep throat to get rheumatic fever? If the rheumatic fever is very mild, need treatment?

4-6wks. Need tx: Rheumatic fever, with rash, fever, muscle aches, swollen and painful joints, usually appears about 4-6 weeks after the strep infection resolves. It can appear even with minimal strap symptoms that some may not even recognize as such. Strep and rheumatic fever require treatment with antibiotics ; the latter sometimes with long term antibiotic therapy. The treatment can prevent heart valve damage ...Read more

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My 5yr old son has extremely dry skin on his feet, its starting to really peel. He got a real high fever from strep throat, and that brought on a rash, that lead to the dry skin. Wanting to know what I can get to help his dry feet

My 5yr old son has extremely dry skin on his feet, its starting to really peel. He got a real high fever from strep throat, and that brought on a rash, that lead to the dry skin. Wanting to know what I can get to help his dry feet

Often : Often times when a person has strep throat they develop a rash. This rash is caused by a toxin that's released by the strep bacteria. It sounds like that rash has subsided and has left behind the characteristic dry peeling skin. Don't worry this is the normal course for this type of rash and the peeling and dryness should subside completely after about 10 days or so. In the mean time keep his skin clean and moisturized. Try thick emollient creams, they usually come in a jar, or plain vaseline. Be patient; in time he will be completely back to normal. ...Read more

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How do u get strep b?

How do u get strep b?

Endemic: Group b strep (gbs) is present in or on the body of almost everyone. For pregnancy care we obtain a culture of the vagina, perineum, and anus at about 35 to 37 weeks to determine if gbs is present — which it is about 1/3 of the time. The gbs is present in the bowel in most people and it can travel to the vaginal and even sometimes cause bladder infections when it gets into the bladder. ...Read more