Posted by heritagepediatrics On December - 13 - 2013

We are seeing a spike in both Asthma and Strep throat this month. Strep Throat blazes through schools, but is uncommon in kids less than 3 years. It usually causes fever >100.4, headache, sore throat, and stomach aches. Severe cough is usually not found with strep and may be influenza or another viral illness. Your child should be tested to confirm if they have strep before starting antibiotics (studies show that only 30% of sore throats are caused by streptococcus). If you suspect your child has strep, call us to figure out what to do next. Untreated cases of strep throat can progress to rheumatic heart disease in around 1% of patients, so it should always be treated if confirmed.