Strep throat can strike anyone at any time, but it primarily affects children. If you’re a parent, you already know of the importance of regularly monitoring your children’s health. However, you should consider the consequences of strep more than you thought.
Since strep throat patients are typically asked to quarantine themselves for at least 24 hours after the condition has been diagnosed, it’s important to know how to immediately identify whether or not your child has strep or similar health concerns.
If you notice any signs of strep in your child, you should consider visiting trusted urgent care centers sooner than later. Make sure you keep your child home from school if you notice any of the following symptoms:
- Any kind of unidentified rash located on any part of their body, especially on the nose or throat.
- Vomiting within the last eight to 12 hours.
- Red or white spots on the inside and back of the throat.
- Discomfort, sluggishness, uneasiness, and/or severe muscle pains and aches.
- Weeping skin lesions.
- Headache accompanied with a fever.
- Stiff neck accompanied with a fever.
- Three or more loose stools per day for consecutive days (or accompanied with a fever).
- Thick, greenish-yellow nasal or eye drainage.
Additionally, if your child is starting to feel better but still requires medication for his or her strep issues while at school, it’s important to follow the following rules:
- Since students are not allowed to transport medicine of any kind to or from school, you (or another parent or guardian) must bring all medication to the school and fill out the required paperwork.
- All prescription medications must be brought in its original container with the pharmacy label including the name of the medication, the dosage, administration directions, and the name of the student.
- All medication must be within the current date — no expired medication will be accepted.
This includes non-prescription medications such as ibuprofen, aspirin, Tylenol, itch-relief cream, and more.
From minor fractures and minor burns to serious strep and flu symptoms, if you or your family are indeed of immediate professional medical attention, head to Island Urgent Care right away.