I know that it is frustrating for your child to come down with an illness 6 hours after you were there for a check up. It sounds like she is coming down with strep throat.
It has been brewing for few days and now has symptoms,she didnt catch it at the office today.
She will need to go back to the pediatrician either tomorrow or friday, for a strep test. Encourage her to drink alot of fluids, she can take tylenol or motrin for the headache, and potential fever that may develop.
Just make sure that she can move her neck in all directions and the headache is not severe - i dont think that she has meningitis - just confirm though and make sure she does not have a stiff neck or rash on lower legs that looks purple. Strep can cause a red bumpy rash on chest/abdomen
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you can try to take a flashlight and look to see if the back of her throat is really red, but even if it isnt, she still should have a throat culture. I cant tell you to keep her home tomorrow if she has no fever, but that is honestly why strep goes through entire classrooms as kids are sent to school before it gets "that bad". If you take her tomorrow, and the rapid culture is negative because "it is too soon" the general culture that they send out should pick it up. you can wait to take her until friday and the rapid strep will be more accurate.
Even if her throat is "not that bad", it still can be strep. Strep will actually go away in several days if not treated, but then can potentially have devastating effects on the heart and kidneys if left untreated after 10 days. You dont have to rush there now, but you can leave this without checking it out by the weekend as untreated strep is dangerous. Sore throats are one of those illnesses that you have to take your children to the doctor even if you dont think that they are "that sick"
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no only if you have symptoms than that person needs a throat culture and if it is positive then need antibiotics.
do not treat preventively.
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