Multiple cases of strep throat?

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Multiple cases of strep throat?
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Tue, 11-25-2003 - 6:59pm

We just got back from the ped. Zak has strep throat for the fourth time this year. The ped. said they will only take tonsils out if the child has five cases of strep throat in a year. I am thinking about going to an ENT for another opionion. He is so miserable when he gets it and he has had it twice since Sept.


Does anyone have any experience with this?


Kristi

"I can be changed by what happens to me but I refuse to be reduced by it"

"I do not want to be a princess! I want to be myself"

Mallory (age 3)

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Tue, 11-25-2003 - 7:21pm
No experience but many hugs to you and Zak. Strep is the WORST! Hang in there! Christi
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Tue, 11-25-2003 - 9:08pm
YUP! sure do. my dd had strep for five months straight and they finally took them out. she never had another case. i would definitely go to an ent for a second opinion. i dont understand why four cases doesnt hold as much water as five. strep is strep and it goes on and on, once its there a couple of times.
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Wed, 11-26-2003 - 2:52am
Strep isn't allowed at our house (literally...long story) but my niece had it ALL the time, it seemed like. It was really only 4 in a year...2 years in a row. :-( They finally took the tonsils out and guess what...she hasn't had it since.

I don't get why 5 cases is such a magic number. Someone who has it 4, or even 3, times in a year obviously has something going on that needs attention...*beyond* being drowned with antibiotics.


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Wed, 11-26-2003 - 6:53am
Me!

I've tried convincing doctors to take out my tonsils and they give me the same spiel.

I have one oddball tonsil that doesn't have a seperate place. Does that make sense? One of my tonsils is completely in the back of my throat, I guess normally they are inside some sort of cavity and just pop out when inflamed. This really bites for me because when they swell up I really really have a hard time swallowing. I get sore throats a lot and always have. I also get an earrache whenever my throat is sore.

Keep taking him in to be seen. Maybe persistance will help. I wish you luck!

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Wed, 11-26-2003 - 9:00am

YES.

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Wed, 11-26-2003 - 10:31am

I made an appt with an ENT this morning. Zak is going next Tuesday. Devin is upset with me because he thinks I am overreacting but I hate to see Zak in pain. Hopefully, the ENT will make some suggestions for him so he won't get strep again.

"I do not want to be a princess! I want to be myself"

Mallory (age 3)

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Wed, 11-26-2003 - 10:36am
Me. I had my tonsils removed when I was 23 because I kept getting cases, back to back....it was either 4 or 5 cases. I don't remember precisely which, anymore. But make sure your doctor counts the "year" as any 12 consecutive months, rather than starting Zak's count over again as of Jan 1.

I'm 42 now and last year is the first case of strep I've had since then (and it came on the heels of a bad case of flu, so I was more susceptible than usual).

(Tell you what, tho, recovery from a tonsilectomy as an adult hurt a BILLION times worse than the strep ever did and the strep was pretty bad. Try to encourage your doctor to get Zak while he's still young)

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Wed, 11-26-2003 - 10:39am

That is what I am thinking. If we are going to have to get them removed, I want to do it now before the dead of winter. Plus, Devin is doing well (holding steady) so I would rather Zak do it now when I can concentrate on him instead of being pulled in a million directions.


I have never had strep but I have heard it is really, really painful. My sister said she pratically cries when she gets it and the shot hurts even worse. Zak is doing allright but he now has a really bad cough also. I hope he doesn't have an asthma attack on top of it.

"I can be changed by what happens to me but I refuse to be reduced by it"

"I do not want to be a princess! I want to be myself"

Mallory (age 3)

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Wed, 11-26-2003 - 8:54pm
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exactly!! my dd had a positive throat culture five days after a shot of penicillen. that was pretty much the icing on the cake. i mean she had it *straight*, one case running into the next.