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Went To The Emergency Room And Left W/no Answers

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  • Posted By: JEFFANDNIKKI517
  • June 29, 2007
  • 09:27 PM

At The Beginning Of Last Week, I Came Down With Strep Throat, Which Lasted Several Days. I Had The Usual Symptoms Associated With Strep Throat. Approx. 3-4 Days Following The Strep Throat I Started Breaking Out With A (blistering) Rash That Now Covers My Whole Body. Approx. The 10th Day Following The Strep Throat The Skin Around My Finger Nails And The Skin On My Fingers Is Peeling Away. I Still Have All The Symptoms Of Strep Throat (aching Body, Feeling Of Being Tired And Worn Out All Of The Time, A Constant Fever Not Higher Than 101, Etc.), Although, My Throat Does Not Hurt As Bad As It Initally Did. I Went To The E.r. Last Night In The Hopes That The Dr. Would Tell Me What Was Wrong With Me. He Never Even Took Blood Or Even A Culture. He Said That I Had A Virus Of Some Sort And Sent Me Home With An Antibiotic And A Steriod.

Has Anyone Had Symptoms Similar To Mine? Or Any Ideas As To What I Have Or What I Should Do? I'm So Tired Of Feeling Awful!

Many Thanks,
Nikki

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  • What antibiotic were you given for the strep initially? What antibiotic and steroid do they have you on now? Did they do a complete culture that tested positive for strep? Not the instant swab test - did they take it to a lab to diagnose it as strep? DOM
    acuann 3080 Replies Flag this Response
  • Well one, if the doctor thinks you have a viral infection then those antibiotics he gave you aren't going to help you any. Chalk one up to overuse of antibiotics.Although this may sound strange there is only one thing that I can think of that matches what you are discribing - Toxic Shock Syndrome. Although TSS is often associated with tampons this is not the only way to contract the disease. I actually got it when I was three years old - and the doctors thought that I contracted it by walking across a hotel floor in bare feet. I had a small cut on the bottom of one of my feet and they thought this was the entry point. When treated correctly, the symptoms can be like that of Strep Throat. I can tell you that my entire body peeled like a massive sun burn about a week after I was diagnosed. Everything peeled, eyelids, ears, fingers, to the skin between my toes. Before that it looked like I had a whole body sun burn - which was really a rash. I maintained a slight fever throughout this time and continued to have the symptoms that you discribed for a couple of weeks. Annoying but nothing bad.When TSS is left to it's own devices, without any treatment such as with antibiotics and steriods, then it can cause organ failure and death. It can only be found when looked for in the blood. Most ER doctors that I have met couldn't find their way out of a paper bag, let alone deal with any illness effectively. It is best to see your family doctor as soon as possible, or make an appointment with a local GP if you don't have one. They can treat you better, and look into all types of possibilities. ER doctors treat and street, and depending on their own egos may feel that they know more then any test could tell you.Keep taking the medication that you were given and hopefully you will feel better.Emma
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  • If you still have a blister, have it scraped and insist that tests be done. Find a new doctor, too. If it's a certain virus, anti-viral medication could have helped...but then...the doctors didn't run tests.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies Flag this Response
  • Scarlet fever. Did you ever have a rash?
    rad-skw 1605 Replies Flag this Response
  • What antibiotic were you given for the strep initially? What antibiotic and steroid do they have you on now? Did they do a complete culture that tested positive for strep? Not the instant swab test - did they take it to a lab to diagnose it as strep? DOM I was never given an antibiotic for the strep. The ER doctor prescribed Penicillan (sp?) and Prednisone. They never did any cultures or blood tests, therefore, I have no diagnosis. But the rash is still growing and my fingers are still peeling.
    JEFFANDNIKKI517 3 Replies Flag this Response
  • I was never given an antibiotic for the strep. The ER doctor prescribed Penicillan (sp?) and Prednisone. They never did any cultures or blood tests, therefore, I have no diagnosis. But the rash is still growing and my fingers are still peeling. Shame on them:confused: . They should have done a culture to confirm a diagnosis when you first complained of strep symptoms. There are other causes of strep like symptoms. And it is true if the doc said it was a virus then penecillin is contraindicated for this! Get another opinion and find another doc who has a clue. And don't let them leave without giving you a definitive diagnosis, and blood tests! I am not familiar with Toxic Shock, but if the symptoms seem similar, I would get blood work to rule this out - this is a very serious condition. The signs and symptoms of toxic shock syndrome may include:A sudden high fever.Vomiting or diarrhea.A rash resembling a sunburn, particularly on your palms and soles. After a week or so, the skin on your hands and feet generally begins to peel.Confusion.Muscle aches.Redness of your eyes, mouth and throat.Seizures.Headaches.If you have more than three or four of the above symptoms, get to a doc ASAP and have them test this - it is a staph bacteria found in the blood, I believe. Do you still have a fever? Does your rash itch? Does the rash bleed? DOM
    acuann 3080 Replies Flag this Response
  • Off the top o' my head -- ABX (& many other drugs, but particularly "sulfa" drugs) can cause a rare reaction called, "Stevens-Johnson Syndrome." The blisters, especially, are suspicious for this as a possibility. (A web search will bring up lots of info, including photos.) Additionally, strep is a known psoriasis trigger; there are MANY different types of Ps in addition to the classic "plaque" psoriasis, one of which is PUSTULAR psoriasis. For more info, check out this link (with particular attention to "Von Zumbusch"): http://www.psoriasis.org/about/psoriasis/pustular.php Hope this helps; wishing you well!
    seedoubleyou 8 Replies Flag this Response
  • At The Beginning Of Last Week, I Came Down With Strep Throat, Which Lasted Several Days. I Had The Usual Symptoms Associated With Strep Throat. Approx. 3-4 Days Following The Strep Throat I Started Breaking Out With A (blistering) Rash That Now Covers My Whole Body. Approx. The 10th Day Following The Strep Throat The Skin Around My Finger Nails And The Skin On My Fingers Is Peeling Away. I Still Have All The Symptoms Of Strep Throat (aching Body, Feeling Of Being Tired And Worn Out All Of The Time, A Constant Fever Not Higher Than 101, Etc.), Although, My Throat Does Not Hurt As Bad As It Initally Did. I Went To The E.r. Last Night In The Hopes That The Dr. Would Tell Me What Was Wrong With Me. He Never Even Took Blood Or Even A Culture. He Said That I Had A Virus Of Some Sort And Sent Me Home With An Antibiotic And A Steriod.Has Anyone Had Symptoms Similar To Mine? Or Any Ideas As To What I Have Or What I Should Do? I'm So Tired Of Feeling Awful!Many Thanks,NikkiJeffandNicki,With Strep thoat you often run the risk of Scarlet Fever. Scarlet fever is an exotoxin-mediated disease that occurs most often in association with a sore throat and rarely with impetigo or other streptococcal infections. It is characterized by sore throat, fever, a 'strawberry' tongue, and a fine sandpaper rash over the upper body that may spread to cover almost the entire body. Scarlet fever is not rheumatic fever, but may progress into that condition as the infection develops (rheumatic fever is the autoimmune disease that occurs after infection with Group A strep).The antibiotic should take effect in 24 to 48 hours and the symptoms should subside. If they don't you should see your Primary Care Physician.Swarthmo
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  • Yes, that is true, but you need a definitive diagnosis of group A strep. which the original poster never had...they need to do a culture to determine if in fact it is strep, otherwise it is worthless to give an antibiotic! Nikki, How are you feeling?DOM
    acuann 3080 Replies Flag this Response
  • Yes, that is true, but you need a definitive diagnosis of group A strep. which the original poster never had...they need to do a culture to determine if in fact it is strep, otherwise it is worthless to give an antibiotic! Nikki, How are you feeling?DOM I feel miserable....constantly tired, my body hurts all over, constant low grade fever and this rash keeps growing and growing (like the energizer bunny). I'm to the point that I can't even wear regular clothes, just something light to cover my skin hurts. The antibiotic and the steriod that was given to me at the ER has not touched this rash or my symptoms. I'm to the point of giving up. It's all I can do to get out of bed. Thanks for asking and many thanks to all. Nikki
    JEFFANDNIKKI517 3 Replies Flag this Response
  • Shame on them:confused: . They should have done a culture to confirm a diagnosis when you first complained of strep symptoms. There are other causes of strep like symptoms. And it is true if the doc said it was a virus then penecillin is contraindicated for this! Get another opinion and find another doc who has a clue. And don't let them leave without giving you a definitive diagnosis, and blood tests! I am not familiar with Toxic Shock, but if the symptoms seem similar, I would get blood work to rule this out - this is a very serious condition. The signs and symptoms of toxic shock syndrome may include:A sudden high fever.Vomiting or diarrhea.A rash resembling a sunburn, particularly on your palms and soles. After a week or so, the skin on your hands and feet generally begins to peel.Confusion.Muscle aches.Redness of your eyes, mouth and throat.Seizures.Headaches.If you have more than three or four of the above symptoms, get to a doc ASAP and have them test this - it is a staph bacteria found in the blood, I believe. Do you still have a fever? Does your rash itch? Does the rash bleed? DOM Yes, I still have a fever. I take Ibuprofen to control the temp. The rash itches on occassion and bleeds when I scratch too hard.
    JEFFANDNIKKI517 3 Replies Flag this Response
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  • Please, I'd encourage you to get this checked again ASAP; many of the possible causes suggested in this thread are VERY SERIOUS. Any chance you can get to a dermatologist, or at least an internal medicine doc?? Do keep us posted, and FEEL BETTER!!
    seedoubleyou 8 Replies Flag this Response
  • Nikki,I agree with SeeDoubleYou - please get yourself checked out and don't let them leave you without a proper diagnosis! Please don't give up - is there someone who can help you get to a hospital? Please do this ASAP, and make sure the doctor knows your ENTIRE history, including your reactions to the meds. I am sending healing prayers your way, and hope you feel better soon.Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies Flag this Response
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