B.T. asks from Saint Michael, MN on May 27, 2010
Strep Throat - Saint Michael,MN
My son has not had a problem with frequent strep throat but he caught it about a month ago or so and we can not get reed of it.
he is going on his 4th antibiotic and they are doing a Ears nose and throat specialist to discuss taking his tonsils out? we have done amoxicillin, augmentin, keflex and currently on cleocin????
My husband and I both tested negative, I have changed tooth brushes extra????
I was wondering if anyone else has had this experience?? a little shell shocked. NO PETS!!!!
D.N. answers from Chicago on May 27, 2010
A friend of mine has an 8 yr old that if he tested every time he went to the doc, it would be positive for strep, but he never has any symptoms. They do not treat unless it is bothering him. Maybe that is the case with your son now. A coworker told me she used to get strep all the time but once her tonsils were out she never had it again. It may be the best course of action since you do not want him to be anitbiotic resistant.
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W.V. answers from Madison on June 01, 2010
E.T. answers from Rochester on May 28, 2010
If you have pets get them tested. It is possible for a cat or dog to have strep and pass it on to people. I have had a personal experience with that happening. Once the cat was treated our strep was gone. Have anyone else he sees on a regular basis get tested. He could be in contact with someone who is a carrier but never has the symptoms. You do want to keep fighting the strep. If it is left untreated it can lead to scarlet fever. That will cause permanent heart damage. Having the tonsils removed may help but it is still possible to get strep without tonsils.
A.B. answers from Fargo on May 28, 2010
Also, make sure you also disinfect his toys. I remember not doing that after my kids had thrush and they got it back. It is also amazing how big of a difference having the tonsils out can make in your child. My daughter had hers out when she was 4 and she got more energy back and actually started sleeping well.
A.F. answers from Minneapolis on May 28, 2010
My daughter had the same situation this winter. She was put on Amox. twice, the Z-Pack, and another antibiotic that I don't remember the name. Then we went to an ENT and he prescribed another antibiotic but this time didn't do a Strep test. Instead he did a full culture and let it culture for 3-4 days. It actually ended up going over the weekend and when I got a call the following Monday morning, she had some sort of bacterial infection. We kept her on the antibiotic (which unfortunately I don't recall that one either, sorry) and that did finally take care of the infection. She did have her tonsils taken out about 10 days or so after she completed the last antibiotic. When you go to the ENT make sure to ask the to do a full throat culture on him. All I remember was that the bacterial infection started with a H. The name for some reason just never stuck in my head, even after just talking with him. Unfortunately, they can not take the tonsils out if there is an infection, bacterial or viral, since they would run the risk of spreading it. I hope this helps. I feel for your son. It was no fun for my daughter. But now, after she had her tonsils removed and healed from it. She told me that she feels better then she did in a long time. And it wasn't just because her throat didn't hurt. She was talking her whole physical being. Si I think that whatever this bacterial infection was, it was dragging her down too. Good luck and I hope this helped some.
A.V. answers from Duluth on May 28, 2010
This happened to my husband when he was young and it turned out that his dog was a carrier of strep. If your son is around pets that would be the first thing to check out. Good luck!