Strep Throat Times Three
What the heck! This is the second round of strep throat to go through our house. I’m so over the sickness. It seems like every February my house gets bombarded will colds and illness. This is the first time we have experience strep throat, but I’m certain it won’t be the last.
You know what is so strange about all this is that all three kids have had different symptoms each time. Do you know all the symptoms for strep throat?
Signs and symptoms of strep throat can include: (source)
- Throat pain that usually comes on quickly
- Painful swallowing
- Red and swollen tonsils, sometimes with white patches or streaks of pus
- Tiny red spots on the area at the back of the roof of the mouth (soft or hard palate)
- Swollen, tender lymph nodes in your neck
- Nausea or vomiting, especially in younger children
- Body aches
Streptococcal bacteria are highly contagious. They can spread through airborne droplets when someone with the infection coughs or sneezes, or through shared food or drinks. You can also pick up the bacteria from a doorknob or other surface and transfer them to your nose, mouth or eyes.
Each child had a different symptom and it was super confusing to both my husband and I as they had just come off antibiotics for strep. I have been so diligent about cleaning my house and wiping everything down, daily, so, I’m guessing one of the girls picked it up again at school!
Anthony had a rash, but it presented as dry skin and went away after we applied lotion and he wore loose clothing. We though it was heat rash since he had woken up with it and it was warm to the touch. I even changed detergent back to Dreft thinking it could have been an allergy to the fragrance – nope.
Val had a visibly swollen lymph node on her neck, a fever, and congestion with a cough. Gabriella had a fever and a cough.
It has been pretty intense over here. Charting who is taking what meds when, taking temperatures on the hour, trying to get the girls to rest!
All the while, TJ and I have not experienced any symptoms. I pray that we are spared. I have had strep throat before and it was so severe I couldn’t even swallow my own saliva! It was brutal.
The amoxicillin is brutal. Twice a day this disgusting liquid we have to administer for 10 days. This time the girls are on a Z-pack – just 5 days of meds, once a day. I won’t get into the side effects of these drugs. Ugh – I don’t know what is worse, the meds or the sickness.
I just want these kids to get well so we can enjoy some outside time on these beautiful days and we can get back to a more regular schedule and actually LEAVE THE HOUSE.