Originally Posted by mama1803
I have to agree. I loathe antibiotics, but in the case of strep I feel they are necessary. Without treatment you can be contagious for 2-3 weeks even after your throat symptoms go away.
In additon to damage to the heart valves, strep can affect the joints and can also lead to an inflammation of the kidneys called glomerulonephritis that can require dialysis.
Actually, the administration of antibiotics does not affect the incidence of glomerulonephritis. It is just a rare complication of strep that happens randomly, whether you take abx for strep throat or not. Read the bottom of this link:http://www.askdrsears.com/html/8/t083900.asp
I think that's just another one of the fear-based myths that get perpetuated because people have been told "strep can affect your kidneys".
Originally Posted by SquishyKitty
Scarlet fever can quickly morph into rheumatic fever, though. It's nothing to be nonchalant about. It can also give boys problems with sterility later in life. My youngest brother had it as a small child and was very sick.
OP, it doesn't sound like you had strep, although it manifests in lots of different ways. We took DS to the doc for a chronic stomach ache and low grade fever a couple of years ago, on a whim the doc decided to swap for strep and it came back positive. He never had a sore throat or blisters.
Scarlet fever doesn't just morph into rheumatic fever any faster than "regular" strep throat. Scarlet fever is just strep throat with a rash. Two kids in the same family can be exposed to the exact same strain of strep at the exact same time, and one might get the scarlatina rash and one not. It is no different. Both can lead to theumatic fever if untreated, but it is rare. The highest risk of rheumatic fever is between the ages of 5 - 15. There are many different ideas about how to treat strep though, and abx are just one opinion.
Your child may have been a strep carrier, and because he was tested for strep at the time of having another virus of some sort, it was positive.
I think I also read that there are certain strains of strep that are more likely to lead to rheumatic fever, which is why some HCP's recommend doing abx only in the case of someone with a previous heart condition or in cases where there have been incidences of rheumatic fever in that area. I think that's what Randall Neustadter suggests.
It's a tough decision. I would seek out the help of my homeopath or ND.
Hope you are feeling better soon, OP.