If your child has a fever over 102°F or other symptoms of a strep infection,
see your doctor. Only a doctor can accurately diagnose a strep throat.
(See Strep Infection Versus Viral Infection Chart Below)
If your child has, or has recently recovered from, a step throat and develops renewed fever, joint pain or swelling, muscle spasms or twitching, a flat, painless rash, and/or bumps on her joints, scalp, or spine, contact your doctor right away. These an signs that she may be developing rheumatic fever.
If your child's sore throat is accompanied by a red, slightly rough rash on her neck, arms, legs, and/or groin area, or a red, swollen tongue, call your doctor promptly. These are symptoms of scarlet fever.
If your child has ever had rheumatic fever or scarlet fever in the past, you should consult your doctor whenever she gets a sore throat, no matter what the suspected cause, to protect against further complications. If anyone else in your household has had either of these diseases in the past, he or she should also con suit with a health care practitioner concerning measures to protect against further illness or complications.