Strep Throat

Phyl Campbell By Phyl Campbell, 8th Jun 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3m_917fz/
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Having strep throat is not fun!
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Strep Throat -- what to expect

I used to get strep throat all the time as a kid. I was really hoping that I'd outgrown it. So much for that theory. But when I went to the clinic to get checked out on Thursday, at least four other people there were complaining of the same symptoms -- so obviously it's going around. Here's what one might experience:

1. Sore Throat -- and I don't mean post-nasally soreness caused by snoring or allergies. I mean feeling like you've swallowed a hot poker and now want to swallow an ice pack kind of soreness. A stabbing throat pain without other symptoms kind of soreness.

2. Laryngitis -- Obviously, it hurts to talk. It hurts to swallow. Sometimes Laryngitis comes with strep. Other times you just want to act like it does. Text messaging has been my friend the past few days.

3. Fever -- I wasn't running a high fever when I saw my doc, but then I don't normally. However, I am still running a slight fever at the end of day 2 -- and all I want to do is sleep.

4. Speaking of sleep -- it's elusive. My eyes feel like they are closed all the time. People in my house think I'm asleep. But I can't sleep. I can't get into a comfortable position for my neck and throat, and every little noise wakes me. Two harmless little houseflies met savage deaths today because they would not stop buzzing around my head. Right now I feel sluggish but wide awake. I'm peckish but can't stomach the idea of swallowing something. So I might as well put my energies to good use with an article like this one, right?

5. When I was younger, I could identify strep by white patches on my tonsils. This time round, it's just red, red, red. My doctor said the white patches normally show up on the third day, so maybe I'll see them tomorrow, but hopefully, the antibiotic will kill the strep before it can show.

Medication

The prescribed medication for strep throat is Amoxicillin. The generally accepted dose is one pill three times a day for 10 days. In addition, I took a pain reliever/fever reducer when my husband was home so I could rest a little easier. I don't medicate very often, so a single dose of painkiller can knock me on my butt for a few hours.

Contagion

As I mentioned, several people were complaining of strep throat symptoms when I went to get checked out. I only knew one person I had spent any time with whose family had experienced it, and she felt/feels very guilty for spreading it to me. But I'm not convinced it was her. People generally aren't contagious after 24 hours on antibiotic -- or 24 hours after the fever breaks. Strep throat is highly contagious, and I think it's just one of those things that really gets around once it flares up somewhere.

Other remedies

Many people swear by things like ice chips, popsicles, and ice cream.

My "sick-staples" include mashed potatoes and gravy from a certain fast food chain (with 11 herbs and spices in its original recipe fried chicken), Mountain Dew (which, from a Dr. Pepper girl, is really saying something), and the cheese-in-tomato soup products from Chef Boyardee.

Cold wash cloths around the neck can help -- but it's kind of like trying to scratch an itch in a cast -- you're never going to fully reach it, and sometimes the effort of trying feels worse than the itch.

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Amoxicillin, Burning, Fever, Strep, Strep Throat

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
I am "Author, Mother, Dreamer." I am also teacher, friend, Dr. Pepper addict, night-owl. Visit my website -- phylcampbell.com -- or the "Phyl Campbell Author Page" on Facebook.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
8th Jun 2013 (#)

Very helpful...

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
8th Jun 2013 (#)

Thanks! I hope so!

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