Definition A streptococcal screen is a test to detect group A streptococcus, the most common cause of strep throat . Alternative Names Rapid strep test How the test is performed The test requires a throat swab. It takes about 7 minutes. The swab is tested to identify group A streptococcus. How to prepare for the test There is no special preparation. Inform the health care provider if you are taking, or have recently taken, antibiotics. How the test will feel Your throat will be swabbed in the area of the tonsils. This may make you gag. Why the test is performed Your health care provider may order this test if you have signs of strep throat or if you have symptoms of pharyngitis (sore throat).
Definition Alternative Names Children and tonsillectomies Information Today, many parents wonder if it is wise for children to have the tonsils taken out. Tonsillectomy may be recommended if your child has any of the following: Difficulty swallowing Obstructed breathing during sleep Throat infections or throat abscesses that keep returning In most cases, inflammation of the tonsils can be successfully treated with antibiotics. There are always risks associated with surgery. You and your childs doctor may consider a tonsillectomy if: Your child has frequent infections (7 or more times in 1 year, or 5 or more times over 2 years) Your child misses a lot of school Your child snores, has trouble breathing, and has sleep apnea Your child has an abscess or growth on their tonsils
Clever headline isn’t it? Wish I could take credit, however, it’s from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Seasonal Flu website . Have you had your flu shot this year? I have. Vaccination is the best way to combat the spread of influenza “the flu” each year. The majority of adults have antibody protection within 2 weeks after vaccination and with “the flu” not appearing in certain communities until February or March, it is not too late to get your shot for full protection. National Influenza Vaccination Week is December 8-14, 2008 I received my flu shot this past Friday morning. It was smooth sailing without causing any difficulties with my multiple sclerosis or rheumatoid arthritis. Now, the diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus vaccine I also received on Friday STILL hurts and I’ve got the big, nasty, hard lump to prove it. The National MS Society references Immunizations and Multiple Sclerosis , published in 2001 by the Mul...
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