If your child is complaining of a sore throat, it’s possible the pain may be a bacterial infection caused by group A streptococcus, or what you may know better as strep throat. Anthonia Emezie, MD, at Covenant Pediatrics, PA, in Matthews, North Carolina, is an experienced pediatrician and can run a quick and simple test to determine if your child has strep throat and prescribe antibiotics to clear it up. To schedule an appointment, call the office today, or request online.
Strep throat is a bacterial infection that causes severe throat pain. Your child may develop strep throat if they come in contact with someone who has the infection, which is most often spread through droplets from a cough or sneeze.
Though viral infections are more often the cause of throat pain in children, not getting proper treatment for a strep throat infection may lead to kidney damage or rheumatic fever, which causes inflammation and pain in the joints. If your child is complaining of a sore throat, you should call Covenant Pediatrics for an evaluation.
Throat pain is the most common complaint with a strep throat infection. Other symptoms that may indicate strep throat include:
Unlike a viral infection, your child may not cough or sneeze with strep throat.
Dr. Emezie conducts a comprehensive examination to determine if your child’s throat pain is due to a strep infection. To confirm or rule out whether your child has strep throat, she may conduct a rapid strep test, which can determine within minutes if the throat pain is a strep infection.
If Dr. Emezie suspects strep throat, but the rapid test was negative, she may also conduct a throat culture, which may take a day or two to confirm or rule out a strep infection.
If your child’s sore throat is a strep infection, then Dr. Emezie prescribes an antibiotic to clear it up. Your child should start to feel better within a day or two after starting the antibiotic, but be sure to continue the medication as prescribed to ensure full resolution of the infection.
Most causes of throat pain are due to a viral infection, such as the common cold or flu. Antibiotics aren’t recommended for these types of infections. Dr. Emezie may recommend time, rest, and over-the-counter pain medication to help your child feel better if the sore throat is due to a viral infection and not strep.
Strep throat is common in children and requires treatment with antibiotics. To get the right treatment for your child’s throat pain, call Covenant Pediatrics today, or request an appointment online.