Dr. Max Gomez: Strep Vs. Sore Throat


HE IS DISAPPOINTED THAT HE COULDN’T HELP. HIS LIVER DISEASE HAD BEEN MISSED DURING TESTING PRIOR TO SURGERY. I’M SURE IT WAS A DISAPPOINTMENT FOR EVERYONE INVOLVED. IT IS COLD. IT IS RAINY. AND IT IS PERFECT WEATHER TO COME DOWN WITH SOMETHING. AND IF YOU HAVE CHILDREN, CHANCES ARE THEY MAY DEVELOP A SORE THROAT. BUT IS IT A GARDEN VARIETY SORE THROAT OR SOMETHING MORE SERIOUS LIKE STREP? CBS 2’S DR. MAX GOMEZ IS HERE TO HELP YOU TELL THE DIFFERENCE. DR. MAX. Reporter: HERE’S THE DILEMMA. SORE THROATS CAN BE CAUSED BY VIRUSES, BACTERIA, ALLERGIES OR EVEN A RUNNY NOSE. NOW, MOST OF THOSE YOU JUST HAVE TO WAIT OUT WITH PLENTY OF REST AND FLUIDS. BUT STREP THROAT CAN LEAD TO COMPLICATIONS AND SHOULD PROBABLY BE TREATED WITH ANTIBIOTICS. AH THOSE DAYS, TIME FOR FAMILY GET-TOGETHERS, FOR THE FAMILY THAT MEANT 21 COUSINS. AND APPARENTLY, AT LEAST ONE OF THEM WAS CARRYING THE STREP BACTERIA. AND ANOTHER A COLD VIRUS WHICH LED TO — THROAT REALLY HURT. YEAH. YEAH. I COULDN’T REALLY SWALLOW WITHOUT PAIN. JUST HURT WHEN I SWALLOW. Reporter: THE DECISION MOM HAD TO MAKE WAS, WAIT IT OUT OR GO TO THE PEDIATRICIAN? SHE HAD BEEN THROUGH THIS BEFORE. THEY WERE NAUSEATED OR UNUSUAL PAIN ALWAYS WAS STREP EVERY TIME AND THEN THEY WOULD GET THE SORE THROAT. WHEN I GET STREP MY THROAT DOESN’T HURT FOR SOME REASON. ALWAYS WHEN I WAS LITTLE IT WAS ALWAYS MY STOMACH. Reporter: STOMACH ISSUES ARE NOT UNUSUAL FOR STREP. TWO OF THE THREE SICK FAMILY MEMBERS HAD STREP. EXPERTS SAY THERE ARE OTHER SIGNS TO WATCH FOR. FEVER, LARGE LYMPH NODES ALONG THE NECK, SOMETIMES THEY ARE TENDER. YOU DO NOT HAVE A COUGH OR STREP. IF YOU’RE COUGHING IT MEANS NO STRETCH. THE OTHER THING IS MOST PEOPLE KNOW IF YOU LOOK IN THE THROAT A LOT OF TIMES THERE’S PUSS OR EXIDATE ON THE BACK OF THE THROAT. Reporter: YOU CAN GET IT AIRBORNE OR FROM DRINKING GLASSES. IT’S TREATED WITH ANTIBIOTICS BUT PRESCRIBING THEM FOR SORE THROATS THAT AREN’T STREP CAN CAUSE SIDE EFFECTS AND RESISTANCE TO THE DRUGS. THAT’S WHY A THROAT CULTURE IS NEEDED TO MAKE SURE. THERE IS THE RISK OF RHEUMATIC FEVER IF IT’S UNTREATED. IF THERE’S ANY CONCERN OF A STREP I WOULD GET TESTED. Reporter: THAT ANTIBIOTIC TREATMENT SHOULD START WITHIN 9 DAYS OF WHEN THE SYMPTOMS BEGIN TO AVOID THE STREP COMPLICATIONS LIKE RHEUMATIC FEVER WHICH CAN LEAD TO HEART DAMAGE. BY THE WAY, DON’T SEND YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL WITH STREP UNTIL THEY HAVE BEEN ON ANTIBIOTICS FOR AT LEAST 24 HOURS. STREP IS VERY CONTAGIOUS AND YOU DON’T WANT THE ENTIRE CLASS COMING DOWN WITH STREP. NO. YOU’RE NOT DOING ANYBODY ANY FAVORS.

2 thoughts on “Dr. Max Gomez: Strep Vs. Sore Throat

  1. I have strep throat at present. GP prescribes antibiotics, it hurts like bloody hell. A sore throat for 2 weeks then 2 sleepless nights and spitting blood and pus,

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