About strep throat

Strep throat is a bacterial infection that is transmitted by coughing, sneezing, & close contact with someone who has strep. The symptoms of strep throat are a painful sore throat, fever, headache, & often with children a stomachache. If your child has any of these symptoms please take them to a doctor as strep throat can only be diagnosed by a throat culture at the doctors office. Treatment requires an antibiotic prescribed by the doctor. It is very important to take the entire amount of medication that the doctor orders in order to avoid the infection from returning. Not completing the full course of antibiotics as prescribed can cause resistance to them in the future. Rest, liquids, & fever reducers such as Tylenol or Motrin can help your child feel better. An untreated strep throat can lead to Scarlet Fever which, if not treated, can lead to serious kidney or heart disease. A child may return to school only after 24 hours on antibiotics AND if they no longer have a fever (temperature of 100 degrees or higher), are eating & drinking, & are not visibly sick.