sore throat- turned out to be tonsilitis

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   Posted 6/9/2008 8:36 PM (GMT -6)   
i wrote about the strep and sore throats my daughter has had since being diagnosed in november, this time it's tonsilitis- more antiibiotics- the strep was treated with
zithromax but the internist said that it really isn't good for tonsilitis and he put her on omnicef hoping it would not cause
diareah -he said that it is used in pediatrics and may be easier than the penisilin- anyone have any suggestions she just had a good report from the gastro and now here we go with these .....
antibiotics but her tonsils are huge and must be treated.
Mom to 19 year old daughter diagnosed 11/07.
colazal 3 x3 daily
purinethol 6mp=50mg daily
culturelle probiotic 1 daily
chewable vitamin
xifaxan antibiotic 400mg 2x day soon to be weaned

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   Posted 6/9/2008 9:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry to hear your daughter is not feeling well. I have no information about omnicef but I think that is the antibiotic that Hailey's Mom talked about that helped her daughter. You may be able to do a search to find out more information.

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   Posted 6/10/2008 12:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Did your daughter test positive for strep (a common cause of tonsilitis)?

Maybe she's a candidate for having them out....and I would strongly suggest you push for it.

Hope she feels better soon.
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   Posted 6/10/2008 2:46 AM (GMT -6)   
I'd suggest doubling up on the probiotic while she's taking the antibiotic. That may help prevent D.
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   Posted 6/10/2008 6:25 AM (GMT -6)   
I had my tonsils until i was in my 20's. I had chronic strep and tonsilitis. So bad that my tonsils would swell shut in my throat and i would not even be able to swallow my spit! I had them removed, and my ent said that he had never seen such infection in the tonsils. At the time, i was not dx w/ UC and had not had symptoms from it yet, so i was not on 6mp at the time (am now). Most doctors require strep/tonsilitis 3x in one yr before they will remove them, but if it's a source of infection for her, they should come out.

good luck w/ the anitbiotics, have her gargle w/ warm, salt water atleast 3x a day.
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   Posted 6/10/2008 11:01 AM (GMT -6)   
If your daughter is having repeated throat infections then I agree that maybe it is time for her to have her tonsils removed. Obviously they aren't doing their job properly and in fact, the tonsils might be the culprit for making her sick. The tonsils are a filter of sorts - it filters the good and bad. When it stops working, it stops filtering the good. I had mine taken out about 8 years ago and it was the best thing I could've done. I no longer get throat infections and I hardly ever get sick anymore. The longer she is on antibiotics for various infections, the likelihood of her getting her Uc under control can diminish as well as opening the door for C.diff.
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   Posted 6/10/2008 12:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree with the warm salt water gargle-- always good for the mouth/throat. You might want to look up Sara14's posts on tonsilitis from this past winter. Best wishes for your daughter to get her throat infections resolved ASAP. They could impact on UC besides wearing her out themselves. Tonsils are very unpredictable, alas. / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])
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