My 12yr. old niece seems to have caught whatever I had a few days ago but it's a little worse. She has a constant temperature of 99.8 degrees. It hurts for her to swallow. Both of her tonsills are slightly swollen and red. Especially on the left tonsill, which has one dark red spot and one smallish white spot. She has also had nasal congestion and bloody mucus coming from her nose. She's pretty tired. She gets atleast 7-9 hours of sleep every night, yet she can barely keep her eyes open. She has occasional stomach pains The pain while swallowing, the fever and unbloody mucus all started on Saturday night when she only slept for about 3 hours. Her mom has been giving her two Ibuprofen's and sending her to school. She texted her mom and myself about 3 hours into the school day saying she felt really sick. This happened on both Monday and Tuesday. She can't really miss anymore school. Her mom sent in Motrin for her to take at school if she felt sick. Should she go to the doctor, or will these symptoms go away with just the Ibuprofen and Motrin?
She needs to be seen by her doctor and have a throat swab done - a persistent sore throat, especially accompanied by a fever, could be strep throat (as well as the white spot on the throat). Left untreated, strept can lead to more serious complications.
Even if it's not strep, her symptoms definitely do point to an infection, which will require antibiotics to fully recover.
While I understand that it's not good for her to miss too much school, she really does need to be seen by a doctor and also, if she' has either strep or tonsillitis, she is contagious, so sending her to school is not only making her feel worse and perhaps extending her illness, but also exposing everyone else in the school to it.
Another thing to possibly ask the doc about checking her for would be mono. Mono can cause fever, sore throat and abdominal pain (sometimes due to an enlarged spleen) and severe fatigue. Again, mono is very contagious, so finding out if she has this is of utmost importance, not only for getting her treated and feeling better, but also so that anyone she's been around can also be tested and/or watch for symptoms.
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