Group A streptococcus can cause different illnesses such as impetigo, strep throat, scarlet fever and in rare cases the bacteria can get into the bloodstream and cause serious illness, called invasive Group A strep.
It generally occurs in children and less likely in adults. This Strep A can be found on the skin and in the throat and even be symptomless. Most Strep A illnesses are mild.
The disease is transmitted through contact with the secretions of someone infected, including respiratory droplets produced by coughing or sneezing.
a painful sore throat
fever with or without chills
swollen tongue (may have strawberry look ‘bumps’ on tongue look more prominent)
pinkish or red body rash which is like sand paper that may be itchy
red lines where the folds of skin around the groin, armpits, elbows, knees and neck become a deeper red than the other areas with the rash.
generally feeling ‘flu-ish’ with body aches
The rash usually appears a few days following the fever and sore throat. Rapid Relief Homeopathy can be incredibly powerful in acutes and at the New School of Nutritional Medicine we believe in educating the immune system, not 'schooling' the immune system (for more on this read PART 1 HERE).
It can be between 1-7 days from the time one is exposed to the pathogen to symptoms manifesting. If ever in doubt consult your doctor.
Cell salts are always such great little helpers
The following cell salts can be helpful:
2 pills twice a day whilst the bacteria is around.
You can order these cell salts from Helios either combined or individually. Cell salts are always at the lower potencies of 3x, 6x, 12x even 9x unlike the homeopathic remedies. One can take two pills, twice a day for 4-6 weeks and review your progress. You can also use these along side the indicated homeopathic remedy for rapid relief.
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Some homeopathic remedies for symptoms of Strep A infection:
Throat is swollen with a burning and stinging pain in the throat. Throat hurts whether swallowing or not. May feel constricted in the throat. Sensation as if fishbone in the throat. Worse for: warm room, getting warm. Better: open air, cold water, walking, changing position.
Red face, eyes can look glassy with dilated pupils. Throat red, hot, red and dry. High fever can be delirious. Face and body can be burning hot whilst hands and feet are cold. Worse for: light, noise, and sudden jarring movements
Sore throat usually worse on the left side. Inside the throat the left gland may be red if not can be purplish. Throat pain on swallowing even swallowing saliva. Throat area is sensitive to touch. Better for: swallowing cold drinks momentarily, for cool. Worse: for sleep, or on waking, worse for warmth. Can be talkative.
Throat pain on the beginning of swallowing but relief as the more they swallow. Throat is swollen and dark red. There is weakness, drowsiness and constantly moving about to find a comfortable position, complaining of stiff muscles. Worse: from cold, at night
Mainly right sided throat pain. Face pale. Weak. Red sandy deposit in urine. Worse: between 4pm-8pm
Swollen sore throat, ulcers in throat. Bad breath, excess salivation. Excess sweating and worse after sweating. Tongue swollen with teeth imprints along the sides. Worse: at night, heat of the bed.
It is said that this is the most potent medicine for the more serious scarlet fever and suits the severe cases. Nasal discharge that burns. Rash. Drowsy and weak. Delirious with muttering. Tongue dry and cracked. Violent vomiting. General foul smell to breath, sweat, bowel movements.
Ensure your child is drinking water, avoid sugary drinks as sugar does not help immunity, avoid junk food. Add in some food based Vitamin C, like acerola cherry, camu camu, or alma powder. You can also make infusions to support the kidneys: make infusion with buchu buchu, horsetail and cornsilk.
If your child is prone to falling ill and has been on antibiotics in the past, then we would suggest seeing an integrative nutritional therapist who can also carry out a hair tissue mineral analysis and/or gut test, after all our gut harbours the majority of our immune system. To book with one of our team, drop us an email HERE. requesting a list of our team of integrative nutritional therapists.
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