blisters on his throat

  1. Hi guys and gals,

    I was just wanting your input on this. I do plan to call the doc in the morning. My six year old son told me tonight that his throat was sore. Upon questioning him, he said that it has been sore since this weekend. No fever. No swollen glands that I could tell from palpation. When I looked at his throat, it was very mildly red, with mildly swollen tonsils, one white patch on his tonsil, and many small flesh colored blisters on the back of his throat. Then I got to thinking that over the last week or two, he has complained about sore muscles... first his legs, then that stopped, then his arms...I just chalked it up to "growing pains". I am just a little confused by all this considering that he hasn't had a fever. He likes to play with the thermometer, and has taken it several times over the week, and never over 98.0.

    Anyone experience anything like this? I would also hate to take him to the doc and pay out of pocket since my deductible isnt met, for him to tell me its viral and to just push fluids.

    I have thought about mono... do kids still have to miss weeks of school because of this?

    I have actually thought about taking him to the ER tonight, but that just seemed silly to me.

    Any thoughts?
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  3. by   researchrabbit
    Does he have a runny nose? Congestion? Ear ache? Rash?

    Any problems breathing?

    If he has mucous, what color is it?

    And what is his temp now? And have you given something which could bring it down?

    Pale? Flushed? Lethargic? Unusually cranky?

    A little sore? Or crying because it's so sore?

    For my kids, I always went by how well they were playing or acting. Mostly if they acted OK I'd wait till morning...but then sometimes I wouldn't sleep much either, checking on them. The one time one of them had an earache after 9, though, we went to the ER. As much as those hurt, I wouldn't have wanted him to wait for treatment.

    If you're worried, better off going to the MD ($80 or so is worth it for the peace of mind). And if your mom's intuition says ER, then you should probably trust it.
  4. by   ShandyLynnRN
    no runny nose, no congestion, no fever, gave him ibuprofen after I checked the temp, no mucous, no cough, no lethargy, no crankiness..... throat seems "a little" sore to me, just because he didn't mention it during dinner...not until bedtime. Doesn't make any faces when he swallows. But he said "it hurts bad, I think I have strep throat"... (he had strep a few months ago.) Only history is the infamous stomach virus last week, 12 hours and it was over though.

    I guess I will just wait till the AM and call the doc. I hate to keep him from school again though. He just missed a day last week because of the stomach thing. In first grade, if he misses one day, he comes home with like 12 pages of homework! Oh well... I guess I will just check it out in the morning. Thanks for the reply researchrabbit!
  5. by   CountrifiedRN
    Originally posted by ShandyLynnRN
    Doesn't make any faces when he swallows. But he said "it hurts bad, I think I have strep throat"... (he had strep a few months ago.) Only history is the infamous stomach virus last week, 12 hours and it was over though.

    Doesn't strep sometimes cause blisters in the throat and mouth? Maybe he is right!

    When my two oldest kids were around 4 and 7 they had cold symptoms that went away after a couple days. Then they were fine, no temps, playing as usual, good appetites. I didn't think any thing else of it. Then a while later they both came down with a rash, and then a temp. I took them to the doc and they had scarlet fever, caused by a case of strep throat. But in the week or two preceding the rash, they had no c/o sore throat, headache, or stomach ache. Doc said sometimes strep can be asymptomatic.

    Hope your son is feeling better soon, good luck at the docs.

    Oh, also, my daughter had mono about a year ago. No blisters, but very swollen and colorful throat, fatigue, lethargy during the worst of it. Her throat was so sore that she wouldn't swallow and just kind of drooled into a cup. Slept for about 20 hrs out of 24 hrs for the first few days. She was out of school about 2 weeks, and had limited physical activity for about a month. Another kid that had it around the same time missed over a month of school. I guess it depends on the severity. The doc told me that it is very rarely seen in kids under 10 or 11.
  6. by   Flora
    Sounds like coxsackie virus. It is usually seen in the spring or early fall, but it can show up anytime. it is usually benign, as long as the kids keep drinking. it can be assoc. with a fever, rash, body aches. Transmitted from (sorry) stool to mouth, and resp. secretions. usually lasts 10 days. Still contagious in stool for about 6 weeks.No need to isolate, it is everywhere and most peiople have had the virus one time or another...Let me know what the doc says. If I am right or way off...IT CERTAINLY COULD BE STREP AGAIN, but blisters are often coxsackie
  7. by   kaycee
    I agree it sounds like strep. My kids never had a fever or even had severely sore throats with it. They would get a fine sand paper rash which was scarlet fever. Their skin would peel like sunburn when it was resolving after antibiotics.
  8. by   sunnygirl272
  9. by   Rustyhammer
    A co-workers son had the same symptoms you have described.
    Dx was coxsackie. I didn't pay attention to what the tx was.
    -Russell
  10. by   researchrabbit
    Originally posted by ShandyLynnRN
    In first grade, if he misses one day, he comes home with like 12 pages of homework! Oh well... I guess I will just check it out in the morning. Thanks for the reply researchrabbit!
    You're welcome! I remember those days of middle of the night illnesses. Now I have the middle of the night waiting for the teenager to come home! (moms just NEVER get to sleep!)
    Jodie
  11. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Why do they only get sick in the middle of the night? And why do I never have the forethought to actually replace the bottle of children's Motrin when I use the end of it with the last illness?

    Hope your guy feels better soon. I hate it when they're not themselves! My son missed Mon & Tues this week. Nasty cough, sore throat, fever. He even turned down an air hockey game championship match with me (how I knew he was really sick!)

    Heather
  12. by   ShandyLynnRN
    Thanks for the info guys,

    I called the doc this morn and talked with his nurse. I brought him in this morning for a strep screen. Negative. The nurse said that it sounded viral, and just to do symptomatic care. I paid 60 bucks for that though, prob coulda seen the doc for not much more $$$. WHen I talked to the nurse on the phone she made it sound like it would only be a few $$ to have the strep screen and nurse charge. Oh well.
    This morning the kiddo said his throat didn't even hurt. Looked in there and it looked even more red and blistery. He feels fine though, and now I feel bad for keeping him home from school.

    Oh, and Heather, thank goodness for me, I haven't had to keep childrens motrin for a year now, bc my son got tired of taking the liquid stuff, and learned how to take pills. Now I just give him 1 200 mg ibuprofen.
  13. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    How old is he? I wish Brian would take pills!
  14. by   BadBird
    Strep for sure, that is how I get it, white blisters on my tonsils, YUCK, sure hope he feels better soon.

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