How did my child get strep throat?
Certain bacteria that live in the nose and throat cause strep, an infection of the throat and tonsils. Your child can catch strep throat from another child or adult who is sick, and it spreads when people who are carrying the bacteria cough or sneeze.
Your child can also catch strep from sharing a drinking glass, or touching something that a person with strep has coughed or sneezed on. The bacteria enter your body when you rub your nose, mouth, or eyes, which many of us do without thinking about it.
What are the signs of strep throat?
It’s important to get a sore throat checked as soon as possible to determine if it’s strep. If your child has any of the following symptoms, it’s time to contact the team of physicians and nurses at UrgiKids:
- Painful swallowing
- Swollen glands in the neck
- Burning sensation in the throat
- Enlarged tonsils
- White spots on the throat
- Spots on the roof of the mouth
- Loss of appetite
What kind of test is used to diagnose strep?
The UrgiKids staff performs a rapid strep test. If the provider sees obvious signs of strep, she performs this test, swabbing mucus from the back of your child’s throat. In 15 minutes, you’ll know whether your child tests positive for strep.