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the hands of infected children or adults. Therefore, it makes sense to keep your child away from people who have symptoms of this condition. However, and please, don’t shoot me – I’m only the messenger, most people are contagious before

their first symptoms appear. Often, then, there’s really no practical way to prevent your child from contracting the infection. Since GAS throats are so highly contagious, it’s recommended that children stay at home for a mini-

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mum of 24 hours. I know this can cause havoc with working schedules outside the home, etc., but again, I’m only the messenger and I’m here to advocate that all children are healthy. A tonsillectomy is recommended when there have been seven documented strep throats within a 12 month period. Remember: many sore throats can be viral. However, there are other causes and a chronic sore throat may be because of silent laryngoesophogeal reflux or even a malignancy, G-d forbid (usually associated with other symptoms and signs). Stay in touch with your doctor. As always, daven.

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tibiotics which are taken by mouth. It’s most important that you make sure your child complies with the full course of treatment even if the symptoms get better or appear to disappear. You are compromising your child’s welfare by not making sure they comply with the full treatment protocol. Left untreated, the infection may worsen or spread to other parts of the body which can lead to more serious problems. Untreated strep infections can lead to rheumatic fever, a disease which can cause permanent damage to the heart. Rheumatic fever is rare in the United States but a strep throat left untreated or treated improperly can result in this sickness that doesn’t have to be. It is rare for children under 2 years of age to get rheumatic fever. Please know that most throat infections are contagious. They are passed primarily through the air on droplets of moisture or on

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