P.O. asks from Arlington, TX on May 15, 2010
Strep Throat - Arlington,TX
I took my 13 yr. old son to the doctor because I thought he had pink eye. His eye was swollen and puffy and the white part of it was pink. when he woke up in the morning it was crusted and ozzing. Signs of pink eye, I thought. When the doctor looked at him she said she was going to test him for strep because often when she sees kids like this it was a sign of strep. she said he tested positive. Has anyone else ever hear this? Just wondering, thought it was wierd.
C.O. answers from Washington DC on May 16, 2010
You would be surprised at how one's body reacts to an infection!
When the throat is infected - it can manifest discharges from the eyes, ears and nose. As with an ear infection - it can seem like strep - my 10 year old woke up one morning with a TOTALLY sore throat (red as a Coke can) and I thought "strep" - took him to the Dr and he had an ear infection (Eustachian tubes drain into the throat) .
Hope he is better!!!
M.P. answers from Portland on May 16, 2010
I have had throat infection and eye infection at the same time. I don't remember if it was strep. When we have a virus or a bacteria in our throat, we cough into our hand and then rub our eyes we've transferred the virus or bacteria to our eyes. Often the eyes don't get infected but sometimes they do.
M.R. answers from Columbus on May 16, 2010
Strep throat can show up in a whole range of things that are not what we expect. It is good that your doctor was so alert! Some kids have stomach aches, or UTI's with it, and some never have a sore throat! It is wierd.
L.N. answers from New York on May 16, 2010
yes it can but he should give you eye drops or ointment on top of antibiotics. it can be a bacterial pink eye or viral pink eye. everything in the head is connected. get your hands on those medication and you'll soon be on the road to recovery.
G.B. answers from Tulsa on May 15, 2010
When kids have infections somewhere in their head it has to come out eventually. The ears, eys, nose, throat are all places that it can escape easily.
L.B. answers from Dallas on May 16, 2010
i just took my 2 yr old daughter in with similar eye infection type symptoms and when he checked her throat it was red & he ran a strep test as well...so i guess it isn't that unusual but I thought it was weird too. Even more strange, it ended up being roseolla, but the rash and high fever didn't show up until we left the office. He said it was all related, the eye problem being viral, and part of the roseolla virus.