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Vacation Lover
03-30-2011, 08:54 PM
Is this the year of the Strep Throat, or what?! Strep has hit my house 16 times in the last 6 months!!!!! :sick: Check out this breakdown... (Yeah, our insurance stinks.)
Our out of pocket expenses, after insurance has been filed:
Me: 3 times...$220
DH: 3 times...$180
DS12: 3 times...$500
DD11: 6 times...$600
DD6: 1 time...$100 (I think she's the carrier...never shows any symptoms, but I've noticed some grouchiness and/or minor upset stomach every time someone else gets it. Finally decided to get her tested last time DD11 got it and, sure enough, she had it!)

16 times, for a grand total of about $1,600 out of pocket...not to mention cost for antibiotic, which has ranged from $7 to $100 for all the various kinds!

Coll0610
03-30-2011, 09:01 PM
OMG, that's awful! Both the money and being sick so much!

Maybe you should look into trying one of the clinics in Walgreens or Meijer. The one in Meijer charges $39 for the visit. I don't know how much extra the strep test is. I've seen them once and DH has seen them a couple times for sinus infections, sore throats, etc. We've been happy. They even call the next day and make sure we're doing okay.

estherhead
03-30-2011, 09:01 PM
I'm sooooo sorry. I'm a strep carrier. Here's the truth. If it continues, she might need to have her tonsils out. I had them out twice, they grew back, and we (I had 2 kids at the time) simply could not live with me with tonsils.

It's not a risk free surgery and people should think deeply about it and get more than one doctor opinion. But if strep persists, it's the only way I know. Get the carrier's tonsils out.

It's been 7 years now and none of us have had it once. For two years we had it every month. And for one of those years I was on low grade antibiotics for 8 entire months (talk about ripping your insides apart!) to try and keep it in check but my family got it anyway.

Again, I'm sooooo sorry. No one understands how debilitating it can be to a family because it's "just" strep throat. But like you said, it takes money. For my family it became a chronic disease just as difficult to deal with as any other chronic disease.

I'd go to a ENT (ear nose throat) specialist and explain your situation. Let him/her fix it for good. When I switched to an ENT my life totally changed for the better.

lovemygoofy
03-30-2011, 09:03 PM
I'm suprised your doctor isn't shouting off the rooftops about ya'll have strep so much. I would also be upset because to have it that often you never really got rid of it previously.

Make sure you throw away all your tooth brushes and lysol the door knobs, remote controls, car door handles, and anything else you all touch.

I had strep several times in one year and my doctor was freaking out because it would get to the point I could barely talk or breathe from the infection. Apparently long term strep can cause alot of issues. I did have my tonsils out finally to help with the strep and the constant sinus infections.

I do hope ya'll feel better. I'm sorry to hear about the money issues.

Lees3rwe
03-30-2011, 09:04 PM
bless your heart... we think DS is a carrier too... no symptoms, but will get weird things like red eyes, or a rash, and boom... he has it.

Mickey527
03-30-2011, 09:05 PM
You might think i am crazy but I have seen this before when I worked for a pediatrician.
Hve your dog checked for strep. If you have a dog or cat and they lick or kiss your kids faces they can pass strep on to them. Dogs can get strep and will carry it and pass it on and on....

dwfanatic
03-30-2011, 09:06 PM
Sorry about all of the expenses. Just wanted to remind you to make sure you get rid of the toothbrushes after a case of strep...just wanted to mention in case you didn't do so already- DS used to get strep often, and someone told me to do this- thought it was a good suggestion!

Leajess99
03-30-2011, 09:11 PM
Is this the year of the Strep Throat, or what?! Strep has hit my house 16 times in the last 6 months!!!!! :sick: Check out this breakdown... (Yeah, our insurance stinks.)
Our out of pocket expenses, after insurance has been filed:
Me: 3 times...$220
DH: 3 times...$180
DS12: 3 times...$500
DD11: 6 times...$600
DD6: 1 time...$100 (I think she's the carrier...never shows any symptoms, but I've noticed some grouchiness and/or minor upset stomach every time someone else gets it. Finally decided to get her tested last time DD11 got it and, sure enough, she had it!)

16 times, for a grand total of about $1,600 out of pocket...not to mention cost for antibiotic, which has ranged from $7 to $100 for all the various kinds!

Have they referred your 11 year old to an ENT??? I would seriously be getting a referral as 6 times in a year is a lot (we are there with my 8 year old and tonsils are coming out in 2 weeks). Our doctor said they do the referral at 6 times but I don't need a referral so called the ENT myself when she was on the 5th time. So glad I did as she still had it a week later. I am ready to hopefully be done with it.


Hoping your family gets over it for good soon. Maybe the next time one has it you could ask for antibiotics for all to knock it out at once.

Brer Shay
03-30-2011, 09:26 PM
:grouphug:I'm so sorry for what you are going through. The actualy sickness, the antibiotic, the new toothbrushes, the replaced pillows, the missed work, and the missed school - it's so frustrating and expensive.

Our family was in the same place a few years ago. In 10 weeks, we had it 10 times!:eek: As PP mentioned, after I got it the second time, our family doc suggested having my DH checked out as a carrier (he never caught it), and low and behold we had our answer. He did the low dose antibiotics for a while, but it wrecked his stomach (and the kids still got strep). Another candidate for a tonsilectomy - we've only had one case of strep since then.

The surgery poses many more risks for an adult than a child. It's worth investigating.

krcit
03-30-2011, 09:29 PM
Ughh. I second the suggestion to go to an ENT. My oldest dd had strep 13 times in 12 months. She obviously never got rid of it, it was living in her tonsils. She had her tonsils out 10 years ago and has had strep once since. My middle dd was following in her sisters footsteps and got it about 8 times and then had her tonsils out. That was 6 years ago and I think she's had it maybe 2 times since. You really need to all get checked out. It's not good to be on all those antibiotics:sick:

disfan07
03-30-2011, 10:04 PM
I'm shocked that your DD11 has not been referred to an ENT. If she still has her tonsils and your doctor really thinks it's okay to have strep that often, I would be looking for a new doctor.

When I was 12, I had strep 4 times in 3 months. After that 4th time I was referred to the ENT and a week later I had my tonsils out. In the past 9 years, I have had strep maybe 5 or 6 times total.

Medical is a huge budget buster for us every year. We pay about $3000 in copays alone every year along with about $4000 in prescriptions!

Vacation Lover
03-30-2011, 10:09 PM
OP here. Thanks for all the kind words. Some interesting responses...I had no idea you could get strep from your dog!! Like some PPs, our doctor also said that the ENT referral comes at 6 times, so we got the referral for DD11 today. Her tonsils are HUGE--the nurses always comment on them when they swab her, so it's easy for the strep to "hide" in there. We plan to get her tonsils out this summer. She also has Psoriasis, and strep tends to bring it out. Her dermatologist also recommended getting them out for that reason. This is definitely the year do do it because it's the first time we've come close to our deductible since I had DD6. Anyway, thanks again for the kind words. The recurring strep is frustrating, but things could be so much worse so I prefer to count my blessings instead. :grouphug:

santa's surpriz
03-30-2011, 10:10 PM
I totally feel your pain! I realized that my mom did not take me doctor beacuse she did not care but she did want to throw up at the pharmacy counter! It is a total budget killer. I like it when amoxocilin does the trick bc it is so cheap. There is a period I feel like I might lose my job. After reading the OP, I am thankful I only have one child. I don't know how I would do it x3. I give you lots of credit!

My dd is a carrier, every year she breaks out in rash. It's called guttate psorasis. The cream for her body (which has no generic formula) is $300/$175 with insurance. We need to get a different formula for her face which not as bad. We go thru 2-3 jars every winter. Throat cultures don't work with her condition, so we need to do blood tests which costs more. It stinks, bc she does not show symptoms. We only know she had a contagious period after the rash shows up usually 3-4 weeks afterward. It takes 2 office visits to get a prescription bc the dermatologist does not do the blood work and the pediatrician does not prescribe the cream. She is rarely sick. She never has a sore throat or fever associated with her contagious period so it practically unidentifiable. Now it took a few seasons to figure this out and did not start until she began kindergarten. It just takes us forever to get rid of the rash. Everytime their is a new/subsitute nurse at the school they freak out until they read my daughter's file. First word of a case in her class and off to the doctor we go. I just cross my fingers that she will grow out of it.

CTdiznymom
03-30-2011, 10:25 PM
Never thought about animals being carriers. We also suffered from bouts of strep being passed around the house. DD had to have her tonsils out in her 20's because of it. Not fun. We found that another germ carrier are refillable water bottles. The kids would just keep refilling them and not throw them in the dishwasher. Also travel coffee mugs that just get a rinse and not a good wash.

santa's surpriz
03-30-2011, 10:27 PM
OMG, that's awful! Both the money and being sick so much!

Maybe you should look into trying one of the clinics in Walgreens or Meijer. The one in Meijer charges $39 for the visit. I don't know how much extra the strep test is. I've seen them once and DH has seen them a couple times for sinus infections, sore throats, etc. We've been happy. They even call the next day and make sure we're doing okay.

I have heard horror stories from the minute clinics. Myself included. A few years ago when our issues began with strep they misdiagnosed my daughter's psorasis for ring worm. She nurse looked every thing up online on the web md website. I could have done that!

deva
03-30-2011, 11:49 PM
After several bouts of strep, our ped said we needed to get dog on antibiotics. Our vet insisted that doggie strep cannot carry over to humans. So who knows who's right there. :confused3 DD ended up getting tonsils out and she has not had it since.

Also make sure you dispose of toothpaste tubes. If everyone is swabbing those infected toothbrushes over the toothpaste, it is living in the cap and the tube, so just getting new toothbrushes won't do it

CC12005
03-31-2011, 12:21 AM
Also, not to be a buzz kill. But some types of Strep are the same strain that causes cavities. Which may add to the expense.

cbg1027
03-31-2011, 01:21 AM
How much are your co-pays on surgery?

Looks like someone needs a tonsillectomy!

I had chronic (like once a month for six months of the year) strep throats for about 15 years before someone finally said..."Hey! you have really enormous cryptic tonsils! Maybe they should be removed?"

Unfortunately I was 21 at the time. The surgery REALLY sucked and I had a long recovery (3 weeks) but you know what? Five years later and knock on wood I haven't had a single strep throat since! Also, when I do get sick, it's not as severe as it used to be.

The younger someone is when they have a tonsillectomy, the easier the recovery is. I would get DD6 to the Ear Nose and Throat Dr ASAP!!!!!!

The OOP costs to you on 1 tonsillectomy will probably be cheaper than paying to cure every family members strep infection for years to come....

cbg1027
03-31-2011, 01:28 AM
OP here. Thanks for all the kind words. Some interesting responses...I had no idea you could get strep from your dog!! Like some PPs, our doctor also said that the ENT referral comes at 6 times, so we got the referral for DD11 today. Her tonsils are HUGE--the nurses always comment on them when they swab her, so it's easy for the strep to "hide" in there. We plan to get her tonsils out this summer. She also has Psoriasis, and strep tends to bring it out. Her dermatologist also recommended getting them out for that reason. This is definitely the year do do it because it's the first time we've come close to our deductible since I had DD6. Anyway, thanks again for the kind words. The recurring strep is frustrating, but things could be so much worse so I prefer to count my blessings instead. :grouphug:

Do count your blessings that the issue is being addressed now!

I went through a period of a lot of anger towards my childhood pediatrician for not ever suggesting a tonsillectomy. I mean...it was like clockwork...Abby's coming again? Break out the strep test....oh heck just write her a prescription now...

lpandorf
03-31-2011, 11:32 AM
I used to get strep several times a year as a child. Never had my tonsils out. I eventually outgrew it and only time I had it as an adult is right after my 2nd child was born. Caught it when he was 3 weeks old and did not get rid of it for weeks. It took 3 rounds of antiobioticss to get rid of it.

Good luck!

Shelly F - Ohio
03-31-2011, 12:11 PM
Make sure to throughly clean everything when someone is sick. If you don't have a dishwasher, wash your dishes in a 1/2 cup of bleach.

The other thing we do is to take 1000 mg of cinnamon in a pill form. You can get this at any pharmacy. It is great a fighting of viruses. We take this daily and have not had a cold or strep in our house for over 2 years now.
Here is some good info.

http://www.bing.com/health/article/naturalstandard-124799/Cinnamon-Cinnamomum-spp?q=cinnamon

wendylovesdisney
03-31-2011, 12:17 PM
Just curious... how do you know your kid has it? I dont understand how our elementary school has so much strep - we get constant recorded calls from the school nurse saying someone in class has it - it has been going on since Halloween! I know the nurse told me one day 45 kids had it!

My kids always seem okay but one daughter aged 8 always seems to have sinus issues ....

noahynav
03-31-2011, 12:49 PM
I too am very curious about how you can tell if someone is just a carrier? My husband is having his tonsils out next week after getting strep 5 times in the past 6 months. During that time frame I got it once, our daughter got it once, our oldest son got it once and our youngest son never got it. Is it really possible to carry it around and be symptom free? Isn't it dangerous to be walking around with strep and not treat it? I have heard that it can travel to your heart and or kidneys? I am so worried now that even if he has his tonsils out one of us will still be harboring it......

MrsPete
03-31-2011, 12:51 PM
Sorry about all of the expenses. Just wanted to remind you to make sure you get rid of the toothbrushes after a case of strep...just wanted to mention in case you didn't do so already- DS used to get strep often, and someone told me to do this- thought it was a good suggestion!Or run them through the dishwasher or boil them. But one of these is a must-do.

labdogs42
03-31-2011, 01:05 PM
Just curious... how do you know your kid has it? I dont understand how our elementary school has so much strep - we get constant recorded calls from the school nurse saying someone in class has it - it has been going on since Halloween! I know the nurse told me one day 45 kids had it!

My kids always seem okay but one daughter aged 8 always seems to have sinus issues ....

Generally, they have a fever and an incredibly sore throat. And if you look at their throat with a flashlight, it will be flaming red with white spots or streaks. My family gets strep quite a bit, too. I get it and it isn't fun. I know I have it when my throat starts to feel like I'm swallowing glass. It is horrible. My DS had it 5 times in one year, we never made it to the magical 6 times to have to get his tonsils out! But, he's only 6, so we might be headed down that road some day. This year was a little better than others, we all only had it twice this time.

The year he had it six times, we actually had our dogs tested and they weren't the cause. Also, a carrier always tests positive for strep, whether they have symptoms or not. If you have had a negative strep test at some point, you aren't a carrier.

DisneyAndRedSox
03-31-2011, 01:26 PM
:hug:
Does any grocery stores in you area have a free antibiotic program? In my area Stop and Shop has free antibiotics (many prescriptions, but not all; not in available in all states).

http://www.stopandshop.com/antibiotics

When DD is sick, along with the Stop and Shop list I bring a list of the $4 Walmart and Target prescriptions to the appointment so I can see if any prescription the doctor writes is on the list.

http://i.walmart.com/i/if/hmp/fusion/genericdruglist.pdf

http://sites.target.com/site/en/health/page.jsp?contentId=WCMP04-040589

vsimeone
03-31-2011, 04:46 PM
OP here. Thanks for all the kind words. Some interesting responses...I had no idea you could get strep from your dog!! Like some PPs, our doctor also said that the ENT referral comes at 6 times, so we got the referral for DD11 today. Her tonsils are HUGE--the nurses always comment on them when they swab her, so it's easy for the strep to "hide" in there. We plan to get her tonsils out this summer. She also has Psoriasis, and strep tends to bring it out. Her dermatologist also recommended getting them out for that reason. This is definitely the year do do it because it's the first time we've come close to our deductible since I had DD6. Anyway, thanks again for the kind words. The recurring strep is frustrating, but things could be so much worse so I prefer to count my blessings instead. :grouphug:

I totally feel your pain! I realized that my mom did not take me doctor beacuse she did not care but she did want to throw up at the pharmacy counter! It is a total budget killer. I like it when amoxocilin does the trick bc it is so cheap. There is a period I feel like I might lose my job. After reading the OP, I am thankful I only have one child. I don't know how I would do it x3. I give you lots of credit!

My dd is a carrier, every year she breaks out in rash. It's called guttate psorasis. The cream for her body (which has no generic formula) is $300/$175 with insurance. We need to get a different formula for her face which not as bad. We go thru 2-3 jars every winter. Throat cultures don't work with her condition, so we need to do blood tests which costs more. It stinks, bc she does not show symptoms. We only know she had a contagious period after the rash shows up usually 3-4 weeks afterward. It takes 2 office visits to get a prescription bc the dermatologist does not do the blood work and the pediatrician does not prescribe the cream. She is rarely sick. She never has a sore throat or fever associated with her contagious period so it practically unidentifiable. Now it took a few seasons to figure this out and did not start until she began kindergarten. It just takes us forever to get rid of the rash. Everytime their is a new/subsitute nurse at the school they freak out until they read my daughter's file. First word of a case in her class and off to the doctor we go. I just cross my fingers that she will grow out of it.

Another strep / psoriasis sufferer here. I had my first "outbreak" at 22 and thankfully have only had a handful of REALLY bad outbreaks but everyone of them was related to step. I still have my tonsils BUT I worked in schools for 20 years so one of the first dermatologists that I went to gave me a prescription for an ointment called Bactroban (I have a generic version now). Every time there would be a strep outbreak in one of the buildings that I worked in, I would swab the inside of my nose every night with the Bactroban until the strep outbreak went away. I haven't worked in the schools now for almost 3 years but now I travel frequently for business so I use it any time I'm feeling run down or before I get on a plane. It's supposed to kill the strep germs in your nose before they can infect you.

It's worth asking your doctor about. Saves the doctor's visits and the money and ordeal that you have to go through if you get a psoriasis outbreak!

Vacation Lover
03-31-2011, 09:54 PM
I have heard horror stories from the minute clinics. Myself included. A few years ago when our issues began with strep they misdiagnosed my daughter's psorasis for ring worm. She nurse looked every thing up online on the web md website. I could have done that!

The EXACT thing happened with DD...Minute Clinic had us rubbing ringworm ointment all over her body and in her scalp while the psoriasis kept getting worse and worse.


Another strep / psoriasis sufferer here. I had my first "outbreak" at 22 and thankfully have only had a handful of REALLY bad outbreaks but everyone of them was related to step. I still have my tonsils BUT I worked in schools for 20 years so one of the first dermatologists that I went to gave me a prescription for an ointment called Bactroban (I have a generic version now). Every time there would be a strep outbreak in one of the buildings that I worked in, I would swab the inside of my nose every night with the Bactroban until the strep outbreak went away. I haven't worked in the schools now for almost 3 years but now I travel frequently for business so I use it any time I'm feeling run down or before I get on a plane. It's supposed to kill the strep germs in your nose before they can infect you.


Intersting...I'll have to look into that. Thanks!

Just curious... how do you know your kid has it? I dont understand how our elementary school has so much strep - we get constant recorded calls from the school nurse saying someone in class has it - it has been going on since Halloween! I know the nurse told me one day 45 kids had it!

My kids always seem okay but one daughter aged 8 always seems to have sinus issues ....

The funny thing about strep is that it has a lot of different symptoms, not necessarily even a sore throat! Typically it's a painfully sore throat, that may or may not be accompanied by fever and/or upset stomach. I think the real problem is that the strains are becoming more resistant to antibiotic, which is why it's harder to get rid of these days!

I too am very curious about how you can tell if someone is just a carrier? My husband is having his tonsils out next week after getting strep 5 times in the past 6 months. During that time frame I got it once, our daughter got it once, our oldest son got it once and our youngest son never got it. Is it really possible to carry it around and be symptom free? Isn't it dangerous to be walking around with strep and not treat it? I have heard that it can travel to your heart and or kidneys? I am so worried now that even if he has his tonsils out one of us will still be harboring it......

I think someone's a carrier if they test positive for strep even though they don't show any symptoms. My DD6 came to the appointment last month when DD11 had it and I had them test her too. She came back positive even though she had no fever or sore throat. That's why I think she's a carrier.

tink fan
04-01-2011, 09:12 AM
My son always gets a bad headache and sometimes an upset stomach when he has strep. In fact, if he has had a headache and any kind of sore throat or fever, I take him in the dr. office and have him tested, even though his throat "doesn't look bad."

pigletto
04-01-2011, 09:31 AM
Some people (and in your case many people) seem to be more prone to strep. I had Strep throat every year, several times a year as a kid. If I took my antibiotics improperly (forgetting a few) back it would come.. but stronger. It was miserable.

Then I hit about 19 and never ever had it again. Not once in almost 20 years now! My mom is an MD. She said that will happen. People especially prone to it all of a sudden stop getting it in adulthood.

My children still get it often. DD twice this winter. DS once, and last year he had full blown Scarlett Fever with the rash and all. It's not fun, very very painful and I hope your family is better soon.
Please Please make sure nobody is missing any of their antibiotics. For any other sore throat I would say you guys need to stop antibiotics and let your immune systems recover but Strep is bacterial and it can be dangerous.. it needs to be treated properly.

Leajess99
04-01-2011, 10:32 AM
Just curious... how do you know your kid has it? I dont understand how our elementary school has so much strep - we get constant recorded calls from the school nurse saying someone in class has it - it has been going on since Halloween! I know the nurse told me one day 45 kids had it!

My kids always seem okay but one daughter aged 8 always seems to have sinus issues ....

I found when my youngest has it one tonsil swells pretty bad and she has red sponts on her tongue. Of course after her having it probably 7 or 8 times now (I have so lost count) you pay attention to the signs. She was diagnosed with it yesterday again and has only been off antibiotics for a week. :sad2:

Leajess99
04-01-2011, 10:40 AM
Generally, they have a fever and an incredibly sore throat. And if you look at their throat with a flashlight, it will be flaming red with white spots or streaks. My family gets strep quite a bit, too. I get it and it isn't fun. I know I have it when my throat starts to feel like I'm swallowing glass. It is horrible. My DS had it 5 times in one year, we never made it to the magical 6 times to have to get his tonsils out! But, he's only 6, so we might be headed down that road some day. This year was a little better than others, we all only had it twice this time.

The year he had it six times, we actually had our dogs tested and they weren't the cause. Also, a carrier always tests positive for strep, whether they have symptoms or not. If you have had a negative strep test at some point, you aren't a carrier.

There are many different symptons that can show as strep. So far we have dealt with chest pain which was diagnosed as strep, headaches, stomachs, and a few other things. None of these times did she complain of her throat hurting and she NEVER ran a fever.

There are kids at the doctor's office that had unexplained leg pain that were their sympton of strep. They did not have a sore throat or anything else either.

Also, not all kids end up with white spots or streaks in their throats. The only thing that concerned parents can do is take their child to the doctor for a strep test.

santa's surpriz
04-01-2011, 11:11 AM
Just curious... how do you know your kid has it? I dont understand how our elementary school has so much strep - we get constant recorded calls from the school nurse saying someone in class has it - it has been going on since Halloween! I know the nurse told me one day 45 kids had it!

My kids always seem okay but one daughter aged 8 always seems to have sinus issues ....

Yes it is possible to carry it and be sympton free. My DD can have a throat culture done 365 days a year it would be positive. The bac is not always active, and unfortunately it is very hard to pinpoint when she is active bc of the lack of symptoms. I just communicate with the her teacher to let me know when a case is reported. The ped sends out an isos test to the lab rather than the in office throat culture. Now this is total pia, bc every time a kid gets it we have a doctor's visit.

This was discovered bc the unexplainable rash which turned out to be the guttate psorasis was diagnosed by the dermatologist, it was our dermatologist that recommended our pediatrician do an isos test. We did go back to the pediatrician to have it done. It came back postive.

Honestly, I am glad I know now. Now I can combat the over usage of antiboitics. I would through fits when DD would go in for totally unrelated symptons like a sprained ankle and get a diagnosis of strep throat. It really made me want to pull my hair out.

lulu2
04-01-2011, 11:29 AM
So, let me tell yo a little about our battle with strep (and our future budget buster). We were at the Dr office Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and on Wednesday they said pack your bags your going to the childrens hospital in Milwaukee, right now. Our DD had been diagnosed with strep and it has affected her kidneys:confused3. Looooooooooooonnnnnnnnnnngggggggg story short. She has high blood pressure and very angry kidneys. She is also now on her third antibiodic becasue she has reactions to the previous two. On the plus side, everyone here at the Childrens hospital is sooooooooooo nice. Hopefully, we will be going home soon.

JamesMom
04-01-2011, 11:43 AM
So, let me tell yo a little about our battle with strep (and our future budget buster). We were at the Dr office Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and on Wednesday they said pack your bags your going to the childrens hospital in Milwaukee, right now. Our DD had been diagnosed with strep and it has affected her kidneys:confused3. Looooooooooooonnnnnnnnnnngggggggg story short. She has high blood pressure and very angry kidneys. She is also now on her third antibiodic becasue she has reactions to the previous two. On the plus side, everyone here at the Childrens hospital is sooooooooooo nice. Hopefully, we will be going home soon.

I so feel your pain. My DS8 had what we thought was a crick in his neck on Monday of his spring break. Two days, two pediatrician appointments, two ER visits, rapid strep test (neg), rapid flu test (neg), strep culture (positive), head and neck CTs, lumbar puncture (neg for menigistis), my son was finally diagnosised with a paraphalengeal absess (puss pocket in his throat) and admitted him to the hospital. He was in such pain that they gave him a morphine-like drug every six hours. He was asking for more after 4 or 5. After six day long hospital stay including surgery to relieve the pressure and an MRI to rule out blood clots and a few days resting at home, he is back at school like nothing happened. Our little battle with strep will probably result in $40,000 in medical charges. Still waiting on all the bills, but just 1 ER visit was $5,000 by itself! And each specialist (of which he had several - Infectious disease, ENT, neurosurgeon, hemotology and the general practication) cost $$ everytime that they walked through that door, which was daily at $120 a pop on our insurance :) Our High Deductible plan will max out our OOP this year. The ENT did not recommend his tonsils being removed as he rarely has strep, but my nurse mother-in-law suspects that this is what cause his infection. Lovely...

Vacation Lover
04-01-2011, 11:53 AM
So, let me tell yo a little about our battle with strep (and our future budget buster). We were at the Dr office Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and on Wednesday they said pack your bags your going to the childrens hospital in Milwaukee, right now. Our DD had been diagnosed with strep and it has affected her kidneys:confused3. Looooooooooooonnnnnnnnnnngggggggg story short. She has high blood pressure and very angry kidneys. She is also now on her third antibiodic becasue she has reactions to the previous two. On the plus side, everyone here at the Childrens hospital is sooooooooooo nice. Hopefully, we will be going home soon.

I so feel your pain. My DS8 had what we thought was a crick in his neck on Monday of his spring break. Two days, two pediatrician appointments, two ER visits, rapid strep test (neg), rapid flu test (neg), strep culture (positive), head and neck CTs, lumbar puncture (neg for menigistis), my son was finally diagnosised with a paraphalengeal absess (puss pocket in his throat) and admitted him to the hospital. He was in such pain that they gave him a morphine-like drug every six hours. He was asking for more after 4 or 5. After six day long hospital stay including surgery to relieve the pressure and an MRI to rule out blood clots and a few days resting at home, he is back at school like nothing happened. Our little battle with strep will probably result in $30-40,000 in medical charges. Still waiting on all the bills, but just 1 ER visit was $5,000 by itself! And each specialist (of which he had several - Infectious disease, ENT, neurosurgeon, hemotology and the general practication) cost $$ everytime that walked through that door - daily at $120 a pop on our insurance :) Our High Deductible plan will max out our OOP this year. The ENT did not recommend his tonsils being removed as he rarely has strep, but my nurse mother-in-law suspects that this is what cause his infection. Lovely...

Ugh...hugs to both of you! :grouphug:

MEM
04-01-2011, 11:53 AM
There are many different symptons that can show as strep. So far we have dealt with chest pain which was diagnosed as strep, headaches, stomachs, and a few other things. None of these times did she complain of her throat hurting and she NEVER ran a fever.

There are kids at the doctor's office that had unexplained leg pain that were their sympton of strep. They did not have a sore throat or anything else either.

Also, not all kids end up with white spots or streaks in their throats. The only thing that concerned parents can do is take their child to the doctor for a strep test.

That's very true. I have heard from specialists and GPs alike that a viral sore throat and a strep throat look exactly the same - with or without white spots - and you cannot tell just by looking.

Leajess99
04-01-2011, 09:55 PM
So, let me tell yo a little about our battle with strep (and our future budget buster). We were at the Dr office Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and on Wednesday they said pack your bags your going to the childrens hospital in Milwaukee, right now. Our DD had been diagnosed with strep and it has affected her kidneys:confused3. Looooooooooooonnnnnnnnnnngggggggg story short. She has high blood pressure and very angry kidneys. She is also now on her third antibiodic becasue she has reactions to the previous two. On the plus side, everyone here at the Childrens hospital is sooooooooooo nice. Hopefully, we will be going home soon.

:grouphug::grouphug: Hoping your DD is better and home from the hospital very soon.

Leajess99
04-01-2011, 09:58 PM
I so feel your pain. My DS8 had what we thought was a crick in his neck on Monday of his spring break. Two days, two pediatrician appointments, two ER visits, rapid strep test (neg), rapid flu test (neg), strep culture (positive), head and neck CTs, lumbar puncture (neg for menigistis), my son was finally diagnosised with a paraphalengeal absess (puss pocket in his throat) and admitted him to the hospital. He was in such pain that they gave him a morphine-like drug every six hours. He was asking for more after 4 or 5. After six day long hospital stay including surgery to relieve the pressure and an MRI to rule out blood clots and a few days resting at home, he is back at school like nothing happened. Our little battle with strep will probably result in $40,000 in medical charges. Still waiting on all the bills, but just 1 ER visit was $5,000 by itself! And each specialist (of which he had several - Infectious disease, ENT, neurosurgeon, hemotology and the general practication) cost $$ everytime that they walked through that door, which was daily at $120 a pop on our insurance :) Our High Deductible plan will max out our OOP this year. The ENT did not recommend his tonsils being removed as he rarely has strep, but my nurse mother-in-law suspects that this is what cause his infection. Lovely...

:grouphug::grouphug: Sorry you and your son had to go through so much but I am glad that he is better now.

juliebean
04-01-2011, 10:56 PM
I'd get the tonsils out - strep can damage your heart valves and really needs to be treated seriously, particularly for people who can walk around and not feel ill. Although there is clearly a wide range of symptoms, by far the most common is a really bad sore throat that doesn't resolve in a day or two.

It's hard to be a carrier, we were talking the other day in nursing classes about how hospitals handle a nurse who is a carrier. If they are accidently and frequently infecting patients they sometimes have to switch to positions that do not involve caring for immune compromised patients.

Piecey
04-01-2011, 11:56 PM
Is the psoriasis people mentioned something that only comes out with strep?

mid February my 20month old son got a few spots. They looked like bug bites, his eating decreased but he was still happy and rotten. The next day I had to take my youngest to appointments at the Children's Hospital a few hours from here and didn't see Lucas at all that day...next day I woke up feeling like crap and when Lucas got up he looked HORRIBLE! I called the pediatrician, made an appointment and called DH who took leave to take Lucas so I could stay home with our youngest...

DH said the NP looked and had no clue. Got the new, young doctor who just joined the practice... He had no clue. So they called in our pediatrician who took one look and said strep and that the rash was a side effect. No test was done. DH brought him home and we took turns going to our PCPs local clinic for strep tests (both tested positive of course haha) ...

Anyway my throat is killing me again, saw my PCP for a completely unrelated issue this week and mentioned it and she told me it didnt look like strep, no test.

So this thread has me wondering if the rash my DS had was psoriasis and if I should have insisted she did a strep culture earlier this week. It's always so,ething!!

santa's surpriz
04-02-2011, 06:09 AM
Is the psoriasis people mentioned something that only comes out with strep?

mid February my 20month old son got a few spots. They looked like bug bites, his eating decreased but he was still happy and rotten. The next day I had to take my youngest to appointments at the Children's Hospital a few hours from here and didn't see Lucas at all that day...next day I woke up feeling like crap and when Lucas got up he looked HORRIBLE! I called the pediatrician, made an appointment and called DH who took leave to take Lucas so I could stay home with our youngest...

DH said the NP looked and had no clue. Got the new, young doctor who just joined the practice... He had no clue. So they called in our pediatrician who took one look and said strep and that the rash was a side effect. No test was done. DH brought him home and we took turns going to our PCPs local clinic for strep tests (both tested positive of course haha) ...

Anyway my throat is killing me again, saw my PCP for a completely unrelated issue this week and mentioned it and she told me it didnt look like strep, no test.

So this thread has me wondering if the rash my DS had was psoriasis and if I should have insisted she did a strep culture earlier this week. It's always so,ething!!

Yes, it is a strain called gutatte psorasis, at least with my daughter. It starts on the belly and spreads from there. It red bumby and feels like sand paper. It is pia to get rid of...This year DD had on her belly, chest, back, and face. Our Np had no idea either, nor did the doctor. That is how we ended up with a dermatologist. It took the dermotologist about 2 seconds to figure it out. The cream he recommend it was waaay expensive, but saw a difference after the first treatment. Last year we did not get a throat culture and it went undetected. Doctor said it was a fever rash and keep it moisturized. This year it was out of control.

There is also another test for strep called isos. In case you are not aware that it can be tested in another way than a throat culture. That is the test we do now bc of the incidents we have had with the rash and we figured out she is a carrier, it is the only test I am aware of the detects if her strep bacteria is active and in a contagious stage.

BTW, he is a cutey!

aprilgail2
04-02-2011, 07:08 AM
After several bouts of strep, our ped said we needed to get dog on antibiotics. Our vet insisted that doggie strep cannot carry over to humans. So who knows who's right there. :confused3 DD ended up getting tonsils out and she has not had it since.

Also make sure you dispose of toothpaste tubes. If everyone is swabbing those infected toothbrushes over the toothpaste, it is living in the cap and the tube, so just getting new toothbrushes won't do it

My daughter had strep over and over until they finally removed her tonsils but her Dr AND the Vet both said to make sure I get the dog checked-unfortunatly he was not the cause.
When my daughter would get strep it would come with a fever of 104-105 so we always knew when she had it! Finally when she was 5 she missed 36 days of school due to strep and they took them out. As a last resort she went on antibiotics for 21 days-she came off them and 2 days later tested positive again so that was it. Our pharmacy has the free antibiotic program so unless its a different kind those are usually free and I have pretty good insurance so then it only cost me 10.00 to go to any Dr- now its 20 though.