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Hi all. My ds is 6. He's had a bad fall. Phuemonia 2 months ago and then the flue anout 3 weeks ago. So yesterday he woke up with an itchy red rash over his trunk that has now spread to his arms, back, lthights, face. He also is complaining of a sore throat, and has been vomiting on and off since yesterday afternoon. He has no appetite at all no food since Sat night, and he has only been sipping gatoragde since. He hasnt had much a fever althought right now he's reading 99. The MD did a rapid strp culture which came back NEGATIVE Dr still diagnosed him with strep and wrote a script for amoxicillian. I have an appt. tomorrow with a ND. Supposedly the rapid strep test is 95% acurate. Dr. said the rash he had was "textbook" strep rash. I'm not convinved he has it, but I'm freaking out because I don't know what if he does? SHould I give the abx wait until his appt with ND tomorrow am? My head is spinning. He is not vaccinated and I was thinking maybe rubella cuz his rash sort of looks like that. Any advice anyone??<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br>
Also he says his throat is "a lot worse" and really hurts. It's red but there are no white spots or pus on it.
 

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If your gut is not happy with what the doc said, take him to another doctor, tonight or tomorrow. Did you tell the first doc he's unvaccinated, so she knew to include VPD as likely diagnoses?<br><br>
Personally, I would start the amoxicillin (I very rarely give abx, maybe twice in my two kids lives). If he does have strep or another bacterial infection it will begin to help immediately. If it's a misdiagnosed viral rash, then it's not going to harm him. Contribute to the world wide development of super-bugs maybe, but balanced against a very sick child with a likely bacterial infection I know which I go for.
 

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I don't even know if he could keep them down his is stomach is so upset. I"m really torn because he's so very sick.
 

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Is he staying hydrated? If he goes a very long time without urinating, he may need an IV of fluids. That is good that he is sipping gatorade. In my opinion going one day without food is no big deal as long as he is staying hydrated. The theory is that his body is too busy fighting off whatever to digest food. I know I don't feel like eating when I'm sick and maybe go a whole day on just one bowl of soup. My kids aren't that different just based on our experiences.<br><br>
That is a tough decision re the antibiotics. I guess I would give them and build his gut back up with probiotics when he gets better. You took him to the dr b/c you were worried so why not follow the advice they gave, you know? You can combine the advice of both the ped and the ND. Nothing wrong with that.<br><br>
Is there someone who could run out to the store for you and get some throat coat tea? I've had very good success with cod liver oil and vitamin C when sick. Maybe you could put vitamin C in his gatorade. Even if you do antibiotics, that will help them work even better.
 

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THanks so much. I have decided to give the antibiotic since I have been looking up scarlet fever rash pics on the web and it does look exactly like what he has. Now he doesn't want the meds cuz his stomach is upset. Im going to give him some ginger tea to see if maybe it will help to settle his stomach. He's never been so sick and with the rash he"s absolutely miserable.
 

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It does sound like strep, with classic rash pattern.<br><br>
When DD had symptoms consistent with strep and the rapid test came back negative, they sent out a culture to confirm. It took a couple of days to get the results and we waited to start antibiotics. But, we only waited because her symptoms were mild. I wouldn't wait with the situation you are describing - clear symptoms and your DS being so sick. I'd start the antibiotics.<br><br>
Echoing the PP, keep the fluids flowing and coax with anything you can. Forget the rules for a couple of days. Ice pops, fruit juice, ginger ale, Gatorade - whatever he'll take, keep offering it.<br><br>
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My 6yo DS had scarlet fever last spring. He actually didn't even have a sore throat only the wild rash. It sounds like your DS has strep throat even tho the test didn't prove positive. I would treat as strep. Good luck!!
 

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Try to get some probiotics in him too. Give culturelle (widely available) 3 hours after every dose of antibiotic if you can. Even if he just gets a bit in it's better than none. If you don't have culturelle use any probiotic you do have until you can get some or use a bit of yogurt or other probiotic food.
 

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IME rapid strep isn't worth it until they have been sick for a week! Sounds exactly like strep to me - hope he feels better soon with the antibiotics! I second the probiotic also!
 

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Thank you for all who replied. He's still very sick as he's only had 3 doses of abx. What is bothering him the most is the rash. He's in agony from the itch. Does anyone know of anyhting that will help? We're doing oatmeal baths. He says calamine lotion doesn't help. Is there any homeopathic remedy that might be useful? The ithing seems worse at night. He seems to be better this morning. Hopefully the abx will kick in soon. I really appreciate all the advice and support. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/grouphug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="grouphug">
 
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