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Can infants or toddlers under 4 years of age get strep throat?

Can infants or toddlers under 4 years of age get strep throat?

Yes: Yes. It is less common at this age due to less exposure, but still possible of course. This is especially true if the child has increased exposure, such as day care or older, school ages siblings. ...Read more

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Tonsillitis (Definition)

An inflammation of the tonsils, which can be either acute or chronic, and is ...Read more


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Do colds have fever of 100.1 or 100.2 in adults?

Do colds have fever of 100.1 or 100.2 in adults?

Yes: It's not unusual to run a low grade fever with a cold. Acetominophen or ibuprofen can help with fever and aches. Make certain you drink plenty of fluids, too. Thanks for trusting healthTap! ...Read more

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Thrush in adults?

Thrush in adults?

Yes: Thrush can occur at any age. You can develop thrush from many causes including recent antibiotic treatment, poorly controlled diabetes, taking steroids, have an underlying immune disorder like aids, suffer from leukemia or lymphoma, receiving chemotherapy or radiotherapy in the head or neck area, wear dentures, and excessive use of mouthwash. ...Read more

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Can all children who suffer scarlett fever often go blind later in their lives?

Can all children who suffer scarlett fever often go blind later in their lives?

Never seen it happen: I have treated many over the years and have never seen or heard of this happening as a result of "scarlet fever". Today with rapid diagnosis and treatment of strep infections we see fewer complications of the disease. The scarlet rash produced by some strains of group a strep has been relegated to a visual curiosity. It no longer means things will be worse for this episode of strep, it is the same. ...Read more

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How often are adenoids removed in adults?

How often are adenoids removed in adults?

Almost never: Adenoids tend to disappear on their own in older kids and teens. While some could still persist in grown ups, if there is new adenoid growth in an adult it is concerning for something else growing in the area (like lymphoma or other tumor) and in that case a biopsy can be considered in the clinic, or complete removal in the operating room to assess for the underlying cause. ...Read more

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Symptoms of dehydration - in children vs. In adults?

Symptoms of dehydration - in children vs. In adults?

See below: Dehydration in children may be subtle and the infant or child will be listless, and may have atemperature, and high pulse rate and low blood pressure.In adults they will complain of feeling thirsty, generalized weakness.Dry skin, headache, and have a high pulse rate and low blood pressure. ...Read more

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Can air pockets in the lung in a child who had rsv, ever go away?

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Can air pockets in the lung in a child who had rsv, ever go away?

Yes, in most cases: Air trapping associated with small airway obstruction, e.g., RSV bronchiolitis or asthma, is generally amenable to proper treatment of underlying conditions. ...Read more

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What does strep throat look like in children without tonsils?

What does strep throat look like in children without tonsils?

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. ...Read more

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Do colds lead to ear infections in children?

Do colds lead to ear infections in children?

Yes: Colds ( upper respiratory infections) are generally the trigger for ear infections in kids. Other factors are in play such as ear anatomy and the immune system, but without the virus or bacteria, infection is hard to come by. ...Read more

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Is pneumonia bilateral in children contagious?

Is pneumonia bilateral in children contagious?

Yes: Most cases on bilateral pneumonia in children are caused by viruses or bacteria. These organisms can spread through droplets coughed out by the infected child into their surroundings & anyone nearby can inhale those droplets & thus acquire the infection if sufficient number of organisms have entered the lungs to start multiplying in the new host & cause infection. ...Read more

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Asthma in children more common than in adults?

Asthma in children more common than in adults?

Yes: According to CDC statistics asthma incidence (new cases per year) among adults (age 18+ years) was 3.8/1000, whereas that among children was 12.5/1000. Incidence among children aged 0–4 years was 23.4/1000, more than five times greater than that among youth aged 12–17 years (4.4/1000). ...Read more

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What causes obstructive sleep apnea in children who already have their adenoids & tonsils out?

What causes obstructive sleep apnea in children who already have their adenoids & tonsils out?

Sleep apnea: Is your child in the normal weight catagory- if they are heavier or their body anatomy like a narrow palate or thick neck could cause a smaller airway that may be a factor. They may need orthodontia to help open the air way. ...Read more

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My daughter and son both vomit when they have strep. Can strep also cause mild diarrhea in a young child?

My daughter and son both vomit when they have strep. Can strep also cause mild diarrhea in a young child?

Yes: Hello Jason, It is not uncommon for young children to have gastrointestinal symptoms when they have Strep. Pamela Svendsen, MD ...Read more

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4 yr son full adenoids&tonsils removed 3/18/15. Snoring&breathing issues again.Had few colds since sept.Can adenoids grow back?Nose membranes swollen?

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4 yr son full adenoids&tonsils removed 3/18/15. Snoring&breathing issues again.Had few colds since sept.Can adenoids grow back?Nose membranes swollen?

Unfortunately, yes: Adenoids can grow back, your son most probably has seasonal allergies, started again in fall with weather changes and back-to-school season, affecting his upper and lower airways, and possibly airway hyper-responsiveness causing respiratory difficulties, check aaaai.org or acaai.org for an allergist in your area, wish you both wellness ...Read more

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What can cause obstructive sleep apnea in children that already have their adenoids & tonsils out?

What can cause obstructive sleep apnea in children that already have their adenoids & tonsils out?

Other causes: An enlarged tongue, a retruded lower jaw, excess tissue in the soft palate, a deviated septum, enlarged nose turbinates or nasal polyps can all contribute to obstructive sleep apnes. Check with your doctor. ...Read more

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Is it possible that a child has strep throat and the adults around the child only get throat infections without the strep bacteria?

Is it possible that a child has strep throat and the adults around the child only get throat infections without the strep bacteria?

It is possible: Poor hygiene and poor hand washing with close contact of an infected individual will certainly increase the risk of the spread of the infection. It is possible however that other people do not necessarily have the same infection. ...Read more

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Can mold cause sore throat in a 3 year old child?

Can mold cause sore throat in a 3 year old child?

Yes, but...: Molds can cause allergy, and sore throat can be a symptom of allergy. However, it isn't usually the only symptom of allergy you will see: if your child also has ongoing itchy, watery eyes, stuffy nose, and sneezing, those are other possible allergy symptoms. Viruses and "strep throat" are more likely causes if the sore throat has been there a short time, or is the primary or only symptom. ...Read more

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I'm wondering why are childhood cases of whooping cough (pertussis) in children on the rise?

I'm wondering why are childhood cases of whooping cough (pertussis) in children on the rise?

Deadly choice : Cases of whooping cough (pertussis) have increased in the us from ~2500 in the mid 90s to over 15000 per year due to increases in unvaccinated infants and children.This is primarily due to the public's mistrust of vaccines after some fraudulent research suggesting linkage to autism. Various celebrities have promoted this fiction.As a result more than 30 babies die/yr from whooping cough. ...Read more

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How often is viral meningitis diagnosed in college kids?

How often is viral meningitis diagnosed in college kids?

11 per 100,000: The above stat is quoted as the overall incidence of viral meningitis in various studies with the incidence being the highest in younger children and declining with age. ...Read more

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Does a cough come with allergies in children?

Does a cough come with allergies in children?

Sometimes: But not all the time. Nasal allergies are not a frequent cause of a really bad persistent cough. In a child with allergies and a really bad cough (assuming no fever) I would be concerned about a reactive airway/asthma type condition. If the child also had eczema I would be even more concerned. ...Read more

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Continious tonsillitis for 4 years kid and cough with mucous.best ttt.

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Continious tonsillitis for 4 years kid  and cough with mucous.best ttt.

Could be sinusitis: confused as tonsillitis, given that the child has cough and mucous, tonsillitis wound't cause such, please check with his pediatrician / ENT doctor, if chronic sinusitis treatment would constitute longer course of antibiotics and other measures, good luck ...Read more

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Is it normal for a child to get tonsillitis twice in 3 weeks?

Is it normal for a child to get tonsillitis twice in 3 weeks?

It can happen ...: Because tonsillitis is often viral and there are many strains of viruses being passed around the communities. ...Read more

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I've had tonsillitis as a child. But now I have it as an adult. Are the risk higher as an adult?

I've had tonsillitis as a child. But now I have it as an adult. Are the risk higher as an adult?

Common issue: Tonsillitis is a common, usually minor problem in childhood, adolescence or adulthood. It is somewhat more worrisome for kids 4-10 who may have some airway compromise due to tonsil & adenoid growth. At any age it can be complicated by abscesses or other issues. Individual experiences & therapeutic needs must be based on history & exam. ...Read more

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Does child with tonsillitis usually like to eat soft stuff she eats yogurt and pudding a lot wants to eat other food but scared?

Does child with tonsillitis usually like to eat soft stuff she eats yogurt and pudding a lot wants to eat other food but scared?

Tonsillitis diet: Indeed kids (and adults too for that matter) prefer soft foods when the throat hurts a lot. Push fluids, and concentrate on protein containing foods like the yogurt she is eating, scrambled eggs, soups, etc. If it goes on for more than a few days, then worry, but go with the flow for a couple of days when she's not feeling well. As throat symptoms improve, add in other foods. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have cough with streptococcal tonsillitis in children under 4? Is a cough suppresent syrup recommended in such cases?

Is it possible to have cough with streptococcal tonsillitis in children under 4? Is a cough suppresent syrup recommended in such cases?

Yes: Although not typical of strep throat, coughs can be seen in a variety of situations. However, I would generally not recommend any cough medicines for young patients such as this. The antibiotics should take care of the strep, and increased fluids would be best for the cough. ...Read more

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Hi. I've been sick for a week, as have our two kids and my husband. We have colds, coughs and also I have tonsillitis. Can I get a prescription from u?

Hi. I've been sick for a week, as have our two kids and my husband. We have colds, coughs and also I have tonsillitis. Can I get a prescription from u?

Possibly : If you're in the Waikato DHB area you can have a virtual consult with us after hours (6-11pm weekdays 8-8 weekends). If an examination is required however you might then be referred on or back to doctor but if not and appropriate then prescription. Outside these hours you'd have to see GP or urgent clinic ...Read more

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Treatment for bronchitis and tonsillitis for 2years old child?

Treatment for bronchitis and tonsillitis for 2years old child?

INFECTION ...?: Both sounds infection, by virus or bacteria. If mild, there can be low grade fever, cough, poor oral intake. Make sure the child drinks enough fluid, use a humidifier in the room, keep nose clean. With these 2 diagnosis you made: the child needs to be seen by a qualified medical personnel of a doctor. ...Read more

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My child is 3, he was diagnosed with tonsillitis 2 days ago and now he's tummy is running. Is it normal?

My child is 3, he was diagnosed with tonsillitis 2 days ago and now he's tummy is running. Is it normal?

Diarrhea : If you mean he has diarrhea (tummy running) and he was put on antibiotics for his tonsillitis then it is possible the diarrhea is from the antibiotics. Probiotics (lactobacillus supplement or yogurt with active cultures) has been shown to decrease antibiotic associated diarrhea. Don't take the probiotic near the antibiotic or the antibiotic will kill the probiotic and that would not help. ...Read more

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We have a 24m child was dia with tonsillitis and the 3rd day of running a temp around 40 deg, day fine at night start again , given him ponsten ? And augmentum , trying to break fever now around 38.9

We have a 24m child was dia with tonsillitis and the 3rd day of running a temp around 40 deg, day fine at night start again , given him ponsten ? And augmentum , trying to break fever now around 38.9

What is question?: Tonsillitis can be caused by both viruses and bacteria. Viruses can cause a fever up to 5 d or longer and do not respond to Augmentin. Since Temp is low during the day, and rise at night, they do not pose a big risk of dehydration, and fever is used by the body to fight infection. If you child is very uncomfortable, acetaminophen is an alternate med for fever. Return to your doctor if fever >5 ...Read more

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Ive always had enlarged tonsils ever since I was a kid, im 17 now. I used to have tonsillitis a few times when i was young. I have chunks out of my to?

Ive always had enlarged tonsils ever since I was a kid, im 17 now. I used to have tonsillitis a few times when i was young. I have chunks out of my to?

Using this site: To get the most from this site you need to provide background information as you have done & then ask a question related to that information.Placing a question mark after a statement does not make it an understandable question. You are welcome to start over.Your questions are never linked & go out on the site at random. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a child 6 yrs with tonsillitis infection to have fever for 5 days. He is taking antibiotics and fever reliever. ?

Is it normal for a child 6 yrs with tonsillitis infection to have fever for 5 days. He is taking antibiotics and fever reliever. ?

Hello: It is fairly common to see a child suffering with tonsillitis to maintain a fever while on abx and analgesics. Things that could account for the persistent fever may be fluid intake, possibly a resistant bacteria or the development of an abscess. See your family doctor for continued care. ...Read more

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Should we start ventolin nebulization during streptococcal tonsillitis and cough (if wheezing starts) for a child around 4 ?

Should we start ventolin nebulization during streptococcal tonsillitis and cough (if wheezing starts) for a child around  4 ?

No: Ventoline has no effect on the tonsils nor the swelling in that area. It may cause increased heart rate and other unpleasant side effects. If the child has reactive airway disease and gets ventoline as part of his treatment, then he should follow treatment plan outlined by his doctor for acute exacerbations of his symptoms. ...Read more

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For 3 weeks i've a sore throat when swallowing (feels like tonsillitis) I have painful bumps on my throat? My kids n partner have it. Wot is it?

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For 3 weeks i've a sore throat when swallowing (feels like tonsillitis) I have  painful bumps on my throat? My kids n partner have it. Wot is it?

Virus?: Tonsillitis is inflammation/infection of tonsils. We also refer to it as pharyngitis. Most often, it's caused by a virus, which will not respond to antibiotics. In other words, it'll take same amount of time to get over it regardless of whether you take antibiotics or not. Only strep will respond to antibiotics check out centor criteria (http://goo.Gl/msoflx) to determine if need antibiotics . . ...Read more

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