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In this video, Dr. Huntoon discusses sore throats and what they represent in your child's life.  He discusses the reason behind the sore throat and offers an opportunity to keep the sore throat from becoming chronic.

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Sore Throat

When a child has a sore throat, the first thing that most parents think of is strep throat.

Although strep is a common childhood infection, it is important to keep in mind that there are a lot of other things that can cause your child to have a sore throat. This includes viral infections that can infect your child's throat, colds and allergies that can cause a sore throat secondary to post-nasal drip, and even reflux.

The Medical Perspective

Understanding Sore Throats

It can help to uncover what might be causing your child's sore throat if you first understand some of the medical terms related to sore throats, including:

  • Tonsillitis - an inflammation or infection of the tonsils, which can be caused by strep and many viral infections. So while strep throat is a form of tonsillitis, so is mono and other viral infections.

  • Pharyngitis - an inflammation or infection of the pharynx, the area of the mouth near the tonsils. While most people use the terms tonsillitis and pharyngitis to mean the same thing, with pharyngitis, the inflammation isn't limited to the tonsils. Like tonsillitis, both strep and viruses can cause pharyngitis.

  • Post-nasal drip - drainage down the back of your throat from a cold, sinus infection, or allergies and which can cause a sore throat without tonsillitis or pharyngitis.

Sore Throat Symptoms
Recognizing any other symptoms that your child has can also help you determine what might be causing your child's sore throat. For example, with strep throat, children will often have classic symptoms that can include:
  • fever
  • sore throat (pain on swallowing)
  • red tonsils that might have a thick white exudate (pus) on them
  • swollen lymph nodes (glands) that can be tender
  • the sandpaper like rash of scarlet fever
  • other associated symptoms, like a headache, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting

On the other hand, children who have a virus that is causing their sore throat will often have a cough, diarrhea, pink eye, mouth ulcers, hoarse voice or runny nose.

Other Causes of Sore Throats

Besides strep, colds, and allergies, infectious mononucleosis -- or mono -- is the other condition that can have classic symptoms. These mono symptoms:
  • a sore throat*, which is often described as the worst sore throat the child has ever had
  • a high fever*
  • enlarged lymph nodes or glands in the neck*, armpit, or groin
  • malaise and fatigue* (not feeling well and feeling tired)
  • anorexia (loss of appetite)
  • muscle aches
  • a rash, especially if your child was taking antibiotics, like ampicillin or amoxicillin
  • a headache
  • nausea
  • abdominal pain
(*classic symptoms of mono)

Irritation, reflux, and other infections can also less commonly cause children to have sore throats.

When Your Child Has a Sore Throat

The Alternative Perspective

Recognizing what might be causing your child's sore throat can be difficult, even after a visit to your pediatrician. That is why your pediatrician will often do a strep test when your child complains of a sore throat. This is especially important when you consider that strep throat is one of the few causes of a sore throat that you can treat with antibiotics. It is equally important that your child be on a probiotic for the length of antibiotic treatment as well as for several months after the antibiotic therapy is over. This will help to offset the negative effects of the antibiotics that lead to further mucus and other immune system and digestive problems.
 
Most other infections will not be helped by antibiotics or need other types of treatments all together, such as seeing your Holistic Chiropractor. Sore throats may also respond to antihistamines for allergies or acid reducers for reflux.
 

Symptomatic Sore Throat Treatments

Medicines Two Choices for You

Your Solution

Ideally, your Holistic Chiropractor will be able to treat the underlying cause of your child's sore throat, whether it is strep throat, sinusitis, or allergies. Unfortunately, especially when your child has a viral infection, such as mono, the sore throat will have to get better on its own. Treatment with your Holistic Chiropractor can help increase the speed of recovery by boosting your child’s immune system. There are often some things that you can do until then to help your child feel better though, including:

  • encouraging your child to drink cool drinks, and avoid acidic drinks (orange juice, lemonade, etc.), which can irritate a sore throat

  • offering hard candy, or throat lozenges for older kids (remember that these are a choking hazard for younger toddlers and preschool age children though)

  • encouraging your child to gargle with warm salt water (most kids don't like to do this though)

  • using a sore throat spray, such as Chloraseptic Sore Throat Spray For Kids, which can be given to kids as young as age two years (most kids don't like to use throat sprays either)

I thought antibiotics were safe. If so, what is the harm in prescribing them?
 
All medicines may have side effects, including antibiotics. Because few antibiotics are highly specific, they not only destroy "bad" bacteria but also kill many of the beneficial bacteria that inhabit the body. These good bacteria play a critical role in maintaining general health and preventing disease-causing organisms from establishing a foothold. Serious, potentially fatal antibiotic-associated infections remain a major concern in hospitals, and thus antibiotic use is monitored carefully. IV antibiotics, such as those sometimes promoted for treating symptoms attributed to CLD, require lines and catheters that present an avenue for dangerous secondary infections to take hold.
 
Patients also risk negative and sometimes serious reactions to the antibiotics themselves. In the first studies described above, 25 percent of the patients in the treatment group experienced study-related adverse events (New Engl J Med 345:85-92, 2001). In the clinical trial looking at cognitive function, six patients experienced serious adverse events, four of whom required hospitalization (Neurology 60:1923-30, 2003). In the most recent trial for cognitive improvement, 26 percent of patients given IV therapy experienced adverse events compared with 7 percent for the IV placebo group (Neurology 70(13):992-1003, 2008).
 
In addition to personal safety concerns, unnecessary antibiotic use contributes to the serious, growing problem of antimicrobial resistance. Overuse of antibiotics has led to many bacteria developing resistance to the very drugs doctors once used to combat them.

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