Signs and symptoms may include:
- Sore throat and enlarged tonsils (pus and redness not essential)
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Fever, muscle, body, or joint aches
- Belly ache, nausea, or vomiting
- Pinpoint rash
- Nasal congestion
Antibiotics will shorten the course of the illness and minimize its spread to others. Medication MUST be taken for the entire recommended course.
Other helpful treatments include:
- Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or Ibuprofen (Advil, Motin) for fever and discomfort.
- BetterBears lollipops/popsicles, sore throat lozenges
- Popsicles, smooth cool liquids or food (Yogurt, ice cream), tea with honey
- Heating pad or wam bath for body aches and belly aches
- Aveeno or baking soda in a bath for itchy rash (oral itch medicine available if itchiness is significant)
- Decongestants only as needed
- Tylenol taken with decongestant works better for headache than either alone
Return to school/work (contagious period):
- You must be FEVER-FREE and on ANTIBIOTICS FOR A MINIMUM OF 24 HOURS
- Incubation period is guessed to be 2 to 5 days although some people may be strep carriers
- Scarlet fever (strep with a rash) may cause a lingering rash or peeling skin that can last longer than the fever. Once fever-free, the rash is not contagious.
When to call clinic back:
- Fever and discomfort for more than 48 hours after beginning antibiotics
- Muffled voice, inability to handle saliva, or unable to open mouth wide
- Symptoms of fatigue, fever, discomfit, or loss of appetite lasting more than a week
- Symptoms return immediately following antibiotic course
- Siblings develop symptoms within the week
IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT YOU COMPLETE THE FULL RECOMMENDED COURSE OF MEDICATION AS PRESCRIBED!