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Does My Child Have Strep?


With summer ending we are now approaching the sore throat season.  The biggest concern most parents have is whether or not their child has strep. Fortunately, most sore throats are caused by viruses which are unresponsive to antibiotics. However, the only way to know for certain if strep is the culprit, test it.

I have found that strep infections do manifest some of the following unique symptoms:

-Sudden onset and general unwell feeling.

-Fever, especially if higher than 101 for more than 3 days

-Swollen lymph glands in the neck

-Headache, stomachache, or vomiting – especially in children

-Sometimes a fine skin rash will appear on the body.

Terry Pfau, DO, HMD

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