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post #1 of 45
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Hi mamas,

I'm pretty upset now. I took my kids to a doctor (MD, but a very holistic one). He run a quick strep test on my daughter. The doctor said it came back "very positive". The reason I took her to the doctor is because she has been very congested for the past few days having huge difficulty sleeping. My son went through the same thing a couple of days before my dd. He is still pretty congested as well. I have a sore throat as well.

Anyway, while the doctor is holistic, he still said that I need to start both kids on Zitmomac (not sure about the spelling, his handwriting is very unclear) ASAP. The reason he thought it was necessary is because sometimes strep can cause them to develop a dangerous condition (forgot how it is called, he explained that the body starts attacking its own tissue which can be heart, kidneys...or something like that).

He also said that antibiotics will help with dd's congestion.

I hate antibiotics and not really sure if I should give it to them (he said to treat both simultaneously because ds is likely has been having the same thing). What do you guys think? Would you give your kids antibiotics in this situation.

Thanks in advance,
Yulia
post #2 of 45
Is he talking about scarlet fever, maybe? Both of kids have had it and I think that there is something about possible heart problems? I think that's more along the lines of rheumatic fever, though...

I always do antiobiotics with strep, even though I don't use them on everything.
post #3 of 45
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Originally Posted by ALittleBitCrunchy View Post
Is he talking about scarlet fever, maybe? Both of kids have had it and I think that there is something about possible heart problems? I think that's more along the lines of rheumatic fever, though...

I always do antiobiotics with strep, even though I don't use them on everything.

I think he was talking about rheumatic fever.
post #4 of 45
Since you have sore throat and your son does, I think you should both be tested and take abx if it's strep. I agree you should all be treated at the same time so it's not passed back and forth. Strep can develop into scarlet fever and then rheumatic fever if untreated which can damage the heart.
post #5 of 45
I too "hate" antibiotics -- but am so thankful we have them in the case of STREP. It is *absolutely* the time to use antibiotics. You do not want to let it go untreated. And yes, everyone treating it at the same time would be helpful. You could have the test done on you and your son, but please know that those tests are not definitive. A quick test can come back negative, but a culture can come back in a couple days positive. I was told the quick test is about 80% accurate. If you or your son have fever, white spots/patches in your throat, then I'd say antibiotics are definitely called for in this case.
post #6 of 45
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Originally Posted by Jenelle View Post
I too "hate" antibiotics -- but am so thankful we have them in the case of STREP. It is *absolutely* the time to use antibiotics. You do not want to let it go untreated.
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Although I would only give them to the person who actually tested positive for it, personally. People have varying levels of immunity and strep resistance, so it is possible to have a family member with strep but not come down with it yourself. The "rapid" test is not entirely accurate (you could have a false negative), but the 24-hour test is really accurate.
post #7 of 45
I'd take the antibiotics for strep. My grandma suffer with heart problems for many, many years (and die of congestive heart failure) due to having rheumatic fever as a child. I'm taking antibiotics for the first time in 15 years, and my 7 year-old dd is taking them for the first time ever since we tested positive for strep throat this week. Within a day of starting the antibiotics, we were both feeling nearly 100% healthy. They work well when they're truly needed.
post #8 of 45
Strep can cause painful joint inflammation, in addition to rheumatic fever. I'd definitely use antibiotics for strep. You can take probiotics along with it to help re-populate your gut after the abx.
post #9 of 45
I would say use the abx. The one time I had strep (in 2005) I was miserable (understatement) and the abx worked very quickly. When ds started getting sick two days later I took him in for the test right away. Strep is nothing to play around with after a positive test and it can be a living nightmare for the person who has it.
post #10 of 45
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Originally Posted by jakesmama View Post
I would say use the abx. The one time I had strep (in 2005) I was miserable (understatement) and the abx worked very quickly. When ds started getting sick two days later I took him in for the test right away. Strep is nothing to play around with after a positive test and it can be a living nightmare for the person who has it.
I agree. I have step right now and it is indeed a living nightmare. Seriously, I am in hell right now. I am so miserable. I have had three does of abx so far, and the doctor said I might not feel better until after the 4th. I am counting down the hours. I can't sleep, I can't breath, I can't swallow. I ended up at Urgent Care tonight getting IV fluids. So yes, give the abx for strep.
post #11 of 45
I will echo the others. Start the antibiotics, and get everyone else at home tested for strep as well, because you will keep passing it back and forth if you don't. I wouldn't mess with strep.
post #12 of 45
I agree. This is an instance in which one would take the abx.
post #13 of 45
Get the antibiotics ASAP. Strep gets bad quick and you don't want your kids being that miserable. I still remember sitting on the couch and crying because it hurt so bad to swallow. I was spitting into a towel for 2 days because I couldn't swallow. I was 6 years old and it felt like torture. Please don't let your kids go through that.
post #14 of 45
I agree. Treat it NOW.
post #15 of 45
N/m
post #16 of 45
Thread Starter 

Update.

Thank you, mamas. We started the whole family (since we are all sick by now with the same thing most likely) on antibiotics . Taking tons of probiotics and hoping for the best.
post #17 of 45
It's been through our house already, you've got my sympathy.

Sending you healing vibes...
post #18 of 45
Make sure you wait at least 6 hours between antibiotics and probiotics.
post #19 of 45
And liquids, liquids, liquids! I refused to drink and ended up with an IV
post #20 of 45
I've had tons of experience with strep. One year I got it 6 times, it just kept cycling around the schools & in my family. Definitely take the antibiotics. Once the strep becomes bad enough to impede swallowing, it's too far gone to treat holistically. It will just keep getting worse. I remember once waiting so long before I got abx that I started hallucinating from the fever & pain. Not fun.

If I start getting that familiar tingle in the back of my throat, I eat tons of citrus and down lots of Emergen-C. There's also a sage treatment that consists of steeping a cup of fresh sage in 4 cups of boiled (as in was boiling & taken off the heat) water for 30 min. Drink 1/4c to 1/2 c 3 times a day. It is horrific tasting (like drinking pine sap) but it works REALLY well. If you're bf, I don't recommend it, since it will dry up your milk really quick.

Also, I've found, through countless trials, that to keep hydrating, just keep sipping water. The first swallow is always the worst. Hot liquids feel better too, so lots of hot cups of broth is good.

Ami
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