When does your child’s sore throat need to be seen by a doctor.
Most sore throats are of little concern and they run their course after a day or so. But strep throat can be more serious and should be diagnosed by a doctor. Dr. Bruce Minnes, emergency room physician at the Hospital for Sick Children points out some of the signs of strep.
“Strep throat is a throat infection caused by a germ group a-streptococcus and most typically will present as a very red, very sore throat and difficulty swallowing. The tonsils may be enlarged, there may be puss on them but not always, and there may be high fever and swelling in the glands of the neck associated with that.”
Strep is usually treated with antibiotics, and for good reason
“The main purpose of treating with antibiotics is not to make the throat infection better but to prevent long-term complications of strep such as rheumatic fever or erratic heart disease. So, treating the symptoms of the sore throat, making the child feel more comfortable, and waiting for the strep test to come back may be more appropriate than giving antibiotics right away.”
The Parent Report’s guest expert is Dr. Bruce Minnes emergency room physician at the Hospital for Sick Children.
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