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Suggest remedy for sore throat

My son has a metabolic condition that is currently in the process of being diagnosed. He has a high ratio of sterified to free carnintine. He is on L-Carnitine 2x s a day. He has a sore throat today. Is there anything I need to be careful of when taking him to urgent care for his throat..for example I read that ids with some metabolic conditions should not take ibuprofen. What about anti-biotics? anything I should be careful of?
Wed, 27 Mar 2019
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Hi,

By what you quote I feel that your kid might be having a viral sore throat or a streptococcal infection.

I suggest you see your pediatrician and get a rapid streptococcal antigen test done. If it is positive then she will require antibiotics. if it is negative then it might be a viral illness and doesn't require antibiotics at all.

Cough and cold are viral 95% of the times in children. For cold you can use anti-allergics like cetirizine and for nose block, saline nasal decongestants will do. Paracetamol can be given that too only if fever is more than 100F. I suggest not using combination medicines for fever, especially with Paracetamol.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards,
Dr. Sumanth Amperayani, Pediatrician, Pulmonology
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