Carrie Jones, MD
Pediatrician located in Argyle, TX
There’s rarely anything worse than seeing your child in pain. Common childhood conditions, like ear infections and strep throat, can cause persistent discomfort and pain, but Carrie Jones, MD, can help. At Argyle Pediatrics in Argyle, Texas, Dr. Jones offers on-site testing and treatment options to clear infections in the ears and throat so your child can feel better. Learn more about treatment options for ear infections and strep throat by calling the office today or using the online booking feature.
Ear Infections & Strep Throat Q & A
What causes ear infections?
Ear infections develop when bacteria or a virus, often from a cold or the flu, enters the ear canal. They’re often a common part of childhood.
The germs settle in the middle ear, the area that connects the ear to the top of the throat, causing inflammation in the tissue. This inflammation can impact the eardrum, resulting in difficulty hearing and persistent pain.
What are the symptoms of an ear infection?
In addition to persistent pressure and pain in the ear, your child may also experience a fever and difficulty hearing. Young babies with an infected ear may frequently pull at or rub their ears, cry frequently, or have difficulty sleeping.
Once Dr. Jones confirms an infection in the ear, she can prescribe a course of antibiotics to clear the infection within a few days. She may also suggest over-the-counter pain relievers to keep your child comfortable and help them sleep.
What is strep throat?
Strep throat is an infection that results from the group A streptococcus bacteria. The condition is highly contagious, spread through contact with the bacteria, sneezing, or coughing.
You may notice white or red patches developing in the back of your child’s throat. Other symptoms of strep throat include:
- Sore throat
- Swollen tonsils
Children may also experience pain in their neck from swollen glands.
What treatments are available for strep throat?
Dr. Jones administers an in-office strep test that can confirm the diagnosis. To clear the infection, she prescribes antibiotics and recommends your child remain away from others and out of school for several days to prevent spreading the disease.
Your child may remain contagious for 1-2 days after the start of antibiotics. They should continue to take the medication as Dr. Jones directs to ensure the infection goes away completely, or they can develop the condition again.
Untreated strep throat can cause additional medical complications, including worsening of symptoms, heart damage, kidney disease, and blood infections.
Don’t delay treatment for ear infections or strep throat. Use the online booking feature to schedule an appointment or call the office directly.