Strep throat is a bacterial infection that can lead to serious side effects if left untreated. We strongly recommend bringing your child in to be examined if they are experiencing a sore throat, fever, headache, or stomach ache as these can be signs of this infection.
If left to its own, Strep can be dangerous, leading to heart and kidney problems. For this reason we run a quick test in the office and if negative, run a culture to confirm. We also examine the child for signs of complications including heat murmurs, "scarlet" rashes, and throat abscesses. If a child is tested positive, we always treat with an antibiotic.