June 24, 2018

Strep throat

Strep throat is caused by bacteria and is passed to others through mouth and nose secretions. It usually starts with a very sore throat and a fever. Taking antibiotics usually works well. Without medicine, strep can go on to more serious problems, such as rheumatic fever, scarlet fever and kidney problems. Strep may also cause a skin infection called impetigo, which looks like yellow-crusted sores around the nose and mouth.

A child with strep throat must stay out of school for 24 hours after he/she has started taking antibiotics. Some important points about strep:

• If your child has a sore throat that does not go away after 24 hours, with a fever, or a sore throat without fever for 3 days, a red bumpy rash or yellow-crusted sores around the nose or mouth, please do not send your child to school.

• Your child will need to be seen by your health care provider so a test (culture) can be done to find out if your child has strep.

• Tell your health care provider that there are cases of strep in your child’s school.

• If the culture is positive and antibiotics are ordered, please do not send your child to school until he/she has taken 24 hours’ worth of antibiotics. Your child must take all of the antibiotics, even if he/she seems better, to prevent more serious problems.

• Remind your child about the importance of throwing away used tissues and frequent hand washing with soap and warm water.