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Throat Infections

People often suffer from various infections, but throat infection is the most common and is mostly seen in children. Throat infections are generally categorized into three types, such as Viral, Strep and mycoplasma.

Viral Throat Infection: Viral is the most common infection in throat. This type of infection will often leads to weakness and high temperature in children. Children with throat infection have poor appetite, due to which their energy levels drops down and weight loss is expected. They tend to remain ill for a long period. To overcome the problem, most of the people use antibiotics to see a rapid recovery. But antibiotics may not do the needful

Strep Throat Infection: Children’s are the easy victims of strep throat. Most of them complaint about sore throat, headache, stomach ache, fever and red rashes on the neck due to the bacterial infection Strep throat is mostly treated with antibiotics in order to wash away the symptoms, and stop spreading the infection to the other parts of the body.

Mycoplasma Throat Infection: Mycoplasma is a bacteria, that often attacks the children aged four and above and teenagers. It is mostly sighted with the symptoms of cold, cough, bronchitis, pneumonia and sore throat.

Evaluation and Treatment

Proper evaluation and tests should be conducted in order to treat such bacterial infections. Proper diagnosis and treatment should be initiated in order to over-come the strep throat. It is good to be tested in the initial stages itself. In case of positive result the medicines are prescribed accordingly, but the negative result doesn’t mean that person is safe or it cannot be affected.

It is always recommended to go for a re-test in case of negative result, or follow some simple home remedies to rule out the infection.

Children affected with viral sore throat should be made comfortable by using ibuprofen or acetaminophen, popsicles, and fluids.

Contagious Period

Whenever the temperature in the kids rises to 101 or higher, they are supposed to be contagious. And the long lasting strep throat is also contagious until he/she is treated with medicines and antibiotics

Complications

Complications are rarely seen in kids with strep throat, but if they are not seemed be improving, then it’s time to visit the doctor.

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