You know from your own experience how uncomfortable and often painful a sore throat can be, and when your child has a sore throat, you naturally want to relieve their discomfort. An experienced pediatrician like Jose Fragoso, MD, of Union City Pediatrics in Union City, New Jersey, can diagnose the cause of your child’s sore throat and provide the most appropriate treatment. Very often a sore throat has a viral cause, but strep throat is bacterial, so if he diagnoses strep throat, Dr. Fragoso can prescribe antibiotics to take care of the infection. Call Union City Pediatrics today, or book an appointment online.
Strep throat is a bacterial infection of the throat and tonsils that commonly affects children between the ages of five and 15. It passes easily between people through touching or breathing in the bacteria that cause the infection.
If your child has a sore throat, it’s important to find out what’s causing it, so they can receive the best treatment. Sore throats are a regular part of growing up, and in many instances, the cause is viral, in which case antibiotics aren’t going to help. However, if your child has strep throat, the infection can be cured with antibiotics.
The key symptom for strep throat is that your child complains of a sore throat, which often starts quickly and feels raw, so your child finds it painful to swallow. Colds and other respiratory viruses also cause sore throats, but usually cause a runny nose too, which doesn’t happen with strep throat.
Other symptoms of strep throat include:
If your child is showing these symptoms, take them to see Dr. Fragoso to find out what’s wrong and get your child the right treatment.
When you visit Dr. Fragoso, he examines your child and talks to you and them about their symptoms. Then he takes a sample from the back of your child’s throat using a cotton swab. Dr. Fragoso can perform a rapid strep test in the office, so you know within 15 minutes whether the result confirms strep throat.
If the rapid strep test is positive, Dr. Fragoso can prescribe antibiotics to treat the infection. If the test is negative, Dr. Fragoso may recommend sending a sample to the lab for further tests to determine the cause of your child’s sore throat.
Once Dr. Fragoso confirms the diagnosis of strep throat, he prescribes antibiotics for your child. Strep throat does clear on its own after 10 days or so, but a course of antibiotics helps clear the symptoms sooner and reduces the risk of complications.
It’s vitally important that your child takes the antibiotics as directed and finishes the course even if they start to feel much better. Make sure your child rests and give them warm drinks or an ice pop, both of which can ease the pain of a sore throat. A child’s pain-relieving syrup with paracetamol or ibuprofen helps ease the pain, as can throat lozenges, but don’t give lozenges to young children because of the risk of choking.
If your child has a sore throat and feels unwell, call Union City Pediatrics for advice, or book an appointment online.