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A NOTE FROM OUR NURSE ~ November 2016



Sore Throat or Strep Throat?
When it’s a sore throat caused by a cold virus, you will often have
other cold symptoms that may include:

Runny nose
Red or watery eyes
Strep throat symptoms usually are more severe than a sore throat caused by a virus. They can
Sudden sore throat
Red tonsils that have white spots on them
Pain when swallowing
Swollen neck glands
Loss of appetite
Abdominal pain

? If your child has a sore throat and other strep throat symptoms, call your doctor.
The doctor will likely do a rapid strep test in the office, using a cotton swab to take a sample
of the fluids at the back of the throat. The test only takes about 5 minutes.
? If it’s positive, your child has strep throat. If it’s negative, the doctor will send a sample to a lab
for a throat culture. The results are usually available within a few days.
If your child has strep throat, your pediatrician will prescribe an antibiotic. It is important that
your child take the full course, as prescribed, even if symptoms go away. If treatment is not
completed, the infection may worsen or spread to other parts of the body. Your child should
remain home from school until they have been taking the antibiotic for 24 hours and they are
fever-free. This is important to prevent the spread of the illness to others.

Susan Quigley, RN, BSN, NCSN

Tiger Times November 2016