|Strep Throat Exposure|
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|HOME CARE ADVICE FOR STREP CONTACTS|
Treatment for Contacts WITH Symptoms (Pending A Throat Culture)
- A throat culture isn't urgent.
- It could be a strep throat or just a viral infection of the throat.
- A sore throat is commonly part of a cold.
- Here are some ways to keep your child comfortable until you get a throat culture.
- Sore Throat Relief:
- Children over age 1 can sip warm chicken broth, apple juice or other warm fluid.
- Children over age 6 can suck on hard candy (e.g., butterscotch) or lollipops.
- Children over age 8 can also gargle warm water with a little table salt or liquid antacid added.
- Pain Medicine: Give acetaminophen (e.g., Tylenol) or ibuprofen for severe throat discomfort or fever above 102° F (39° C).
- Soft Diet: Cold drinks and milk shakes are especially helpful. (Reason: Swollen tonsils can make some foods hard to swallow).
- Contagiousness: Your child may have a Strep throat infection and should avoid child care or school until the results of the throat culture are known.
- Call Your Doctor If:
- Your child becomes worse
- Reassurance: Most children exposed to someone with strep throat do not come down with it, especially if exposure occurs outside the home. Throat cultures are unnecessary for children without any symptoms.
- Incubation Period: Most children who do catch strep develop some symptoms 2 to 5 days after exposure.
- Contagiousness: Your child does not need to miss any daycare or school.
- Call Your Doctor If:
- Your child develops any strep symptoms in the next 7 days
And remember, contact your doctor if your child develops any of the "Call Your Doctor" symptoms.
Disclaimer: This information is not intended be a substitute for professional medical advice. It is provided for educational purposes only. You assume full responsibility for how you choose to use this information.
Author and Senior Reviewer: Barton D. Schmitt, M.D.
Last Reviewed: 9/15/2011
Last Revised: 8/12/2011
Content Set: Pediatric HouseCalls Symptom Checker
Copyright 1994-2012 Barton D. Schmitt, M.D.