Your child has been complaining about throat pain for days. Could the pain be a symptom of strep throat? The physicians at Children's Ear, Nose & Throat Associates in Maitland and Orlando, FL, share few common signs that may indicate that your son or daughter has strep throat.
Strep throat symptoms
You might think that a strep infection would cause severe throat pain, but that's not always the case. Some children may only have mild pain with strep throat. Because pain isn't necessarily a reliable indicator of a strep infection, it's important to familiarize yourself with several other common symptoms.
Ask your child to open wide and take a good look at their throat. A small flashlight can make it easier to see strep throat signs. If your child does have strep throat, you may see red or white spots in the throat and might also notice that your son or daughter's tonsils are red and swollen. After you take a look at your child's throat, feel the lymph nodes in the neck. Swollen lymph nodes are a sign of an infection.
Because strep throat is caused by a bacterial infection, it tends to make kids feel sick and uncomfortable. Fevers of 101 F or higher are common. In addition to a fever, your child may also experience chills, nausea, headaches and trouble swallowing.
Take a look at your child's neck and chest too. Strep throat can cause a rash that first appears on the neck and chest and may later to spread to the entire body.
Strep throat treatment
Sore throats caused by viruses tend to get better on their own, but strep throat must be treated with antibiotics. As soon as you notice possible strep symptoms, call Children's Ear, Nose & Throat Associates to schedule an appointment in our Orlando or Maitland office. In most cases, your child will start to feel better within two days of starting the antibiotic. Plenty of liquids and over-the-counter pain medications can help soothe throat pain and help your child feel more comfortable while he or she recuperates.
Are you worried that your child may have strep throat or an ear, nose or throat condition? Call Children's Ear, Nose & Throat Associates at (407) 253-1000 to schedule an appointment in the Maitland or Orlando, FL, office.