Some background: My daughter is 7 years old and is allergic to some foods. She has eczema. We are working with homeopathic remedies to try and reduce her sensitivities, but so far her eczema is still really bad. At some point it even got infected with what we believe to have been MRSA. I treated it basically with topical creams and the MRSA went away. But she still has outbreaks of pussy pimples every so often. (MRSA remains dormant in the body.)
The current situation: She has been complaining of fatigue, and while I first attributed it to tiredness, not feeling well, laziness, at some point I took her for blood work to rule out anything physical. The results came back with elevated anti-strep titers. Normal is up to 200, and she has 700. (This does not indicate a current strep infection; rather it indicates that the body is still fighting a past infection - and having a hard time of it... This is how the doctor explained it to me.)
The doctor's recommendation is to treat it with antibiotics for three weeks and then retest her titers. However, I am wary of going this route. She is a fragile child in general; we've been working years on building up her immune system, and I do not want to destroy all that with antibiotics. Additionally, I've done some research and asked around a bit too. It seems that it's not uncommon for the antibiotics not to work and then stronger antibiotics are needed, and then even stronger. Plus, it's also common for the titers to go down as long as the person is taking the antibiotics but as soon as s/he goes off it, the titers go back up. In other words, the person needs to remain on antibiotics indefinitely. Someone related to me that her son is on antibiotics for a year already (!). This is, for sure, not a course I would like to take.
I want to know if anyone has had any experience treating high ASO levels, PANDAS, rheumatic fever, or any other related ailment with alternative medicine. Please share what you did and if it worked. Thank you.
It's not about treating current strep, I know- who cares if a sore throat lasts a day longer. It's the post-strep illnesses that make strep one I would want to treat with abx (in contrast to many ear infections, bronchitis, etc)
I'm sorry there's not more BTDT mamas here though- sounds like a tough decision to have to make.