I gave her the abx last night. She's already feeling better. She started getting a rash on her face over a week ago and I thought she was having an allergic reaction, except that it was more pronounced than it had ever been before and was causing weeping eczema behind her ears. It was bright red on the sides of her face and neck and very hot to the touch. On Friday she woke up with a fever and had pain in her neck/lymph nodes. I took her to the doctor that morning and we both thought she was having an intense food reaction or supplement reaction (she had no throat pain whatsoever). She had started some new supplements the week before, including iodine which can have very strong effects. She didn't get really sick until Sunday. And she never once complained of a sore throat so I had no idea to even think of strep. Even yesterday and Sunday she didn't have a particularly sore throat. Her swollen neck hurt a lot, she had body aches and was obviously sick but not with the type of pain you would associate with strep. I was more thinking that she might have mumps
Thanks for all your responses. It was a very difficult decision for me to give her the meds. I believe in the body's ability to heal and grow stronger from illness. But yes, I could see that there was something different going on here and she needed help to knock this down. My criticism only applies to a few of the responses here which were a bit on the nasty side. You know, I'm not a sadist, of course I don't want to see my child suffer. My reasons for questioning standardized medical treatment are firmly grounded in logic and experience, believe me. Also, I've researched this endlessly for the past two days and I don't think I would choose to treat a lesser, more common strep infection with antibiotics right away. There is plenty of evidence to suggest that waiting a few days is not only safe, but gives the body a chance to develop some antibodies to strep bacteria which will help the child fight off infections more easily in the future. And untreated strep almost always resolves on its own in a matter of days without incident. In this situation I think I made a sound choice given the severity of her symptoms, but I can't say I would do the same in every circumstance.
If anyone is interested, which I guess is pretty unlikely, there are some interesting older threads (not from any of the pps here) about treating strep/scarlet fever naturally. People did used to suffer severe consequences from strep of course (and still do in many places), but MOST people who got it recovered just fine.
Edited by joybird - 4/6/11 at 11:31am