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My Son Has Strep Throat Will I Get It
29 y/o (160 lbs- 5'10")son has strep throat, taking 500 mg Amoxicillin but prescribed for only 8 days, is that enough to get rid of infection?
Depends: Which strep? Group A strep is the common cause of throat infections and is occasionally seen as a perianal skin infection.In theory if the germ contaminates the kids clothing and gets on your hands it could pass & cause strep throat. There is a strep B that is a common germ in poop at any age. It occasionally causes UTI's in women & can be a problem during childbirth but is otherwise benign ...Read more
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
My son has strep throat, he is now showing symptoms of a head cold He said his head hurts when he shakes it and hurts most of the time, is this normal?
My son has strep throat again for the third time in 2 1/2 months. Do you think this warrants for his tonsils to come out. Has an appt w/Ent?
Best opinion frm ENT: But think about it, would you want to be that sick every few weeks? ...Read more
My 9 yr old son has strep throat and a kidney disease called IgA nephropathy it's a kidney disorder started when he was 5. Kidney biopsy?
Confusing question: Although some strep strains can cause kidney problems, early treatment usually avoids them. If the kid has a pre-existing kidney problem, the need for a biopsy is best determined by the docs who know him best. A recent strep infection would not require such an invasive procedure, but a significant change in kidney function might. ...Read more
I feel very scared & guilty my son had an untreated strep throat that went away 6 weeks ago. How long until it is completely behind us I worry everyday.?
Hard to say: The earliest problems with untreated strep often come up within the first 2 wks & effect the kidneys. Rheumatic fever/heart & brain effects are more likely to be 4-6 weeks out from the first fever. Either way, as you pass the 6 wk marker without known issues you may have been lucky. The estimated attack rate for major complications of untreated disease is 1-2%. Subtle effects may appear later. ...Read more
My son was diagnosed with strep throat fri its monday and he's still running a temp is this normal?
I've had strep throat 3x this yr and I am afraid I have it again. My son is 4 and has also had it several times. Can we take something to prevent?
Strep thorat: You are probably a carrier of goup a streptococcus bacteria that causes strep throat, one of the recommnedations for recurrent infection (more than three episodes in a year) is tonsillectomy, the episodes of infection lensens over time regardless the measure taken to prevent it, treatment with antibiotics is not recommend to prevent recurrence either. ...Read more
Let him eat: It is not uncommon for children with strep throat to experience abdominal pain because of inflammation of peritoneal lymph nodes (on the lining of the bowel). If he is not nauseated by this and is expressing hunger, feed him bland foods or start with liquids to see how well he tolerates it. ...Read more
Depends: Strep A is primarily treated with antibiotics to prevent a later transition that some have to Rheumatic fever. This condition can injure the heart, brain while some have kidney damage. Strep C does not have this potential and in many will produce a mild self healing process. If it were moderate or severe antibiotics might be indicated to aid the body in reducing/clearing the infection. ...Read more
Strep or viral: The kids with sore throats eventually get over symptoms ; feel better if treated or not.Motrin helps most feel better. However, complications of untreated strep include heart, kidney or brain injury ; the risk of spreading it to others. Having a strep test done ; getting treatment if positive within 9 days of initial fever can stop most complications. ...Read more
My son just recently had strep throat and now he has these large bumps on his tongue. Can u tell me what us that?
If they are on the back of his tongue and they do not hurt, then this is normal. We all have several very large taste buds (called vallate papilla) on the back of our tongues, but rarely realize they are there. Now that you are "looking" because of the strep throat you are noticing these taste buds.
If they do hurt then have him reevaluated by his doctor. ...Read more
Son was diagnosed with strep throat. Hive amoxicillin. He weighs 25lbs. And I have to give him 500mg twice a day. Too much?
Yes, it is:
It is not prudent to treat your own son unless you are a physician. If you have the results that are positive for strep, at least call or visit your pediatrician.
Good luck. ...Read more
How many episodes of strep throat should a child have in a year before considering removing tonsils? My son has had strep 5 times in a year
My 8 yr son has been diagnosed with positive strep throat a few days ago, he's better now but he feels a ball like sensation when he swallows?
Return to Doctor NOW: Typically Strep Throat infection improves greatly within a few days after starting antibiotics. Persistence of swallowing symptoms suggests there could be complications such as incomplete response to medication (unlikely for simple strep throat), presence of another infection, or tonsillar abcess (serious). Return to doctor NOW for re-evaluation to determine cause for persistence of symptoms. ...Read more
My son tested slightly +ive for strep throat Fri. He has been taking amoxicillin 3xs a day. He is still complaining of headaches. Is this normal?
Slight positive is: Positive so he does have strep and is in his third day of treatment. You would expect his symptoms to improve by the fourth or fifth day so he is still in the window for persistent discomfort. He should not, however, be worsening. If he is, return to your doctor. ...Read more
My son was diagnosed w/ strep throat @ beginning of bronchitis. Is bronchitis a virus? How long is the incubationfor these 2? I have 2 other kids.
My 36lb. 3 1/2 year old son was prescribed amoxicillin 400mg/5ml at a dosage of 8 mls. Twice a day for strep throat. I am concerned that the dosage is?
Dosage is fine: More than that can be given in other acute infections, although for a strep throat 5-6 ml /dose would suffice given your son's weight, but the extra 2-3 ml wouldn't be harmful, probably your son's doctor suspected an upper respiratory infection as well such as acute sinusitis. You may want to verify it with your doctor if you're concerned, otherwise continue till the follow up visit, good luck ...Read more
My 4 y/o has strep throat. My 6 y/o has it and is on amox 2x/day. My son is complaining of sore throat and I see puss pockets?
My son was diagnosed With strep throat this morning. Now he is breaking out with red bumps all over his body. What can it be?
My son took augmentin for 10days for a strep throat, he tested +ve after 3 days from finishing augmentin though he has no symptoms. What to do now?
My son 3 had strep throat in november took amoxilin for 10 days now 2 months later is taking same med for scarlet fever. Could there be resistance?
My 14 year old son has had strep throat for 7 days now. He is still running a 100+ fever every now and then. He has been on amoxicillin for four days?
Re exam: With adequately treated strep, fever should be resolved by day 4. Have him seen again if he wakes with a fever tomorrow. How was strep diagnosed? By rapid test? By culture? How is his pain? Is he having any drooling or trouble swallowing? Asymmetry of tonsils? Persistent infection can hide various places. Also, if no cx or testing done, several viruses may be culprit, mononucleosis among them ...Read more
My 1 yr old son was just diagnosed with strep throat. He was given Cephalexin I was wondering if this will be hard on his kidney he only has 1 kidney?
My son 7 is taking amoxicilin for strep throat for 2 days and has a stomachache no diarhea/vomitting no fever #2 is good is this normal?
Strep symptoms: The symptoms of a group a streptococcus infection include abdominal discomfort alongside the earlier fever & throat discomfort. The cause of the belly pain is not clear but the symptoms may increase or persist until the treatment has killed off enough strep to see improvement in the overall pattern. ...Read more
My son has a strep skin infection &my hubby was just diagnosed with Strep throat. I went to Drfor UTI and was put on Bactrium. Should I be worried?
My husband and son tested positive for strep throat I am congested but no sore throat should I go to the dr to be tested too as a precaution?
Get tested but: Strep doesn't cause congestion. So your symptoms are not of a strep infection, but rather of a viral cold or allergy. But since there two family members with strep, get everyone tested to identify carriers. ...Read more
My son 8, possibly had an untreated strep throat about 5 weeks ago he now has tiny blisters on his knee no pain, no fever can it be early sign of comp?
Likely unrelated: I can't put untreated strep together with tiny blisters on the knee & come up with a way to tie them together. 5 weeks out you can have issues related to rheumatic fever or heart complications. If you are concerned schedule a visit. ...Read more
How is it possible that 3 yrs daughter & 4 yrs son had exactly same symptoms i.e. strawbery tounge fever & sore throat but swab test after culture for strep throat is only +ve for daughter.
Both have strep: Strep tests can be falsely positive sometimes, would treat both as a strep infection with antibiotics ...Read more
My son is 31. He has gout and has a migraine and is running a fever of 101.1. His wife is being treated for strep throat. Should he see a doctor?
My son went to the dr. And was prescribed amoxicillin 400/5ml. He takes 6.75ml twice daily for 10 days (strep throat).will that cover a ear infection?
My 5 1/2 yr old son has complained this last week that his heart is beating fast. He did have strep throat the week before and was on amoxicillin. When I take his pulse for 10 secs and multiply by 6. It's been anywhere from 85-120. He feels this rapid
Normal heart rate: This is a normal heart rate for a 5 and half years old child. Now a common reason for fast heart rate in children is fever, common colds and dehydration. Children tend to drink and eat less when they are not feeling well and eventually become dehydrated. Make sure that your child had adequate fluid intake, control fever if any with Tylenol (acetaminophen). if the problem persist, then consult with his doctor ...Read more
My son has No symptoms, but has +ve strep throat, wbc 14000, ESR 18, CRP 15. Now what? He just finished augmentin 10 days?
I have a sore throat and tight chest. My chest hurts when I breathe and even when walking. My son had strep throat recently... Could I be getting it now?
Probably not: It is unlikely that strep throat is causing chest pain when breathing and walking. This is exactly the kind of problem that should be evaluated by a physician immediately. This could be something as minor as stress or muscle spasm, but it could be as serious as an evolving heart or lung problem. See your doctor. Good luck and be well. ...Read more
Son (3yrs) had fever 101-103F for 64hrs with complaint for waterery eyes, constant eye rubbing. Doc eliminated strep throat, found one ear infected, but didn't know what's the cause for fever Pls help?
Viruses: There are a variety of viruses that can cause the symptoms you describe along with a prolonged fever. An ear infection with cold symptoms and clear runny eyes suggests one. If he is eating and is not acting very sick he should be fine. The thinking these days is to not treat ear infections with antibiotics as most ear infection are viral but with prolonged fever most docs do. It's hard to b a Mom ...Read more
Not necessarily: Attack rates among families run as high as 1/4 to as low as 1/32. Adults that follow simple hygiene practices are less likely affected than kids. ...Read more
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