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12-18-2012, 09:55 PM   #1
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C diff then possible strep throat

My son was sick after thanksgiving. He had a virus and tested positive for C Diff. He started Flagyl. We're done with course of flagyl on Dec 22 (21 day course). Tonight my son has a fever...not real high 100.9, and he says his throat feels like a bubble in it (His throat never hurts on past times he's had strep throat..always a bubble) and I know strep is going around the school.

My question: If he has strep throat...how will he be able to take an antibiotic for that when he's still on flagyl...and won't the c diff come back if he's on an antibiotic. Arrgh!!! I just pray its not strep throat.

Any help is much appreciated
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12-18-2012, 09:58 PM   #2
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Sorry to hear about the possible strep.
It is easier to just have him checked by the ped and give the GI the heads up-Ds's were pretty good about abx a = this abd abx b can not be taken with that etc...
strep exp after a cellutis infection but that it about it.
hope he feels better soon.
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12-18-2012, 10:17 PM   #3
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Awwwww Kathy

I have nothing to offer but a big hug. Please let us know what the ped says......

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12-18-2012, 10:19 PM   #4
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I would think they could combine flagyl with augmenten/amoxicillin with no problems if it is strep.

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12-18-2012, 10:34 PM   #5
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Hopefully he doesn't have it! But now tomorrow is going to be a guessing game; do I go to the doctor...do I not... So frustrating. We just got him well after thanksgiving (the stomach flu...then positive for c diff.) He's never tested positive for c diff before. He's had strep many times. Everytime I start to feel like I've climbed to the top of the crohns mountain and think I can do this...I fall back to the bottom. When is there any confidence? I know I'm overreacting. Its probably just a cold and a little fever at the start. I HOPE!! I just don't know how you can treat with an antibiotic when he's already on an antibiotic...and I don't want c diff to return. It will, won't it?
12-18-2012, 10:42 PM   #6
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Thankfully, we've never experienced C-diff here (**knocking on wood) so I really don't know if combining the antibiotics would make it return.

What I do know is Gab was recently put on Cipro for her Crohn's, then she developed an upper respiratory infection that wouldn't go away, so they switched her to Augmenten. She can't take Flagyl anymore due to allergy, so it wasn't a combo. However, she has been on the combo in the past with no problems.
Thing is, with the Humira, he may just be having a harder time fighting off the flu, then the C-diff and maybe while his body was busy fighting those, in came the throat infection?? (just my opinion ~ I tend to try and rationalize )

btw..Im pretty sure Cipro can be used to treat strep ?? And we all know here in the Crohn's world that Cipro can be combined with Flagyl ! LOL

Ughh..wish I could help...hang in there momma !
12-19-2012, 12:33 AM   #7
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My daughter is now testing negative for C Diff. As she had other issues requiring antibiotics, they (successfully) kept her on Flagyl and three other antibiotics. Each one given for a different infection. The infections have all seemed to clear, and the C Diff has not returned.
Big Hugs and best of luck to you <3
12-19-2012, 04:26 AM   #8
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Hope he gets better soon. About the antibiotics, Andrew had a couple of different antibiotics together with the Flagyl when he had his abscess, so I know there's at least a couple that can combine no problem.
12-19-2012, 10:08 AM   #9
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I would have him start gargling with a strong mouthwash asap. My son had what I think was very early strep and gargling several times a day and it got better.

Have your Pediatrician check for strep and then call the G.I. to okay whatever prescription they offer. The G.I. will know the best course. When my son was on antibiotics for an ear infection the G.I. had us do probiotics to help avoid Cdiff. Maybe ask your G.I. if it would be helpful?

Hope Brian is feeling better soon
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12-19-2012, 11:54 AM   #10
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Grace had c diff a while ago and we were told by her new GP to keep using probiotics.
Sorry to here that your poor kid is going through this. I hope all gets fixed quick.
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12-19-2012, 10:37 PM   #11
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Thanks everyone! You're all great
12-19-2012, 10:40 PM   #12
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I'm going to take him in tomorrow. They'll test him for strep and influenza. He's never had flu. My husband thinks he has neither. No other symptoms but fever that has never gone above 101.8 and a feeling on 'snot' drainage in back of his throat. No soreness or body aches. He's probably right...but I always like to know for sure!
12-19-2012, 10:42 PM   #13
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Hope it's just a cold.
Fwiw 102 fever , mild sore throat and stomach pain ( not really a new thing for DS)
Was his only symptoms of strep a few weeks ago.
12-19-2012, 11:57 PM   #14
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Sorry, I'm not good with the abbreviations on here! What's Fwiw or DS? A few weeks ago he had some stomach virus that ended with positive test for C Diff. (Nov 30th) He's been on flagyl since. His only symtoms (so far) is just the fever and congestion in his nose and drainage down his throat. No pain anywhere
12-20-2012, 06:59 AM   #15
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I know what you mean, I don't text at all so over the few months I've had to figure this out. Some one correct me if I'm wrong on any of these.
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12-20-2012, 07:25 AM   #16
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Matt has never had C Diff but he has been on a combo of antibiotics. He was on Flagyl for his Crohn's and Augmentin Duo Forte for his abscess for 3 months.
When in hospital with an IV you will often find another antibiotic will be thrown into the mix as well, so three all up.

Good luck with the consult and testing! I hope all goes well.

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12-20-2012, 04:24 PM   #17
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Well, no strep. Positive test for influenza type B. They prescribed Tamiflu since he's a crohn's kid and also on Humira. Hope it helps him. He vomited last night and once today. I used to love this time of year...now its just a headache

Farmwife, So Funny!! Once I texted something to a girl I was teamed up with on concessions that was a bit sarcastic, she texted back LMAO. I had to ask my daughter what it meant!! "Laughing my a** off". I said "Oh...I was being funny in my text!" My daughter responded, 'It's really funny if the response is LMFAO'. I'm 47, I need a texting dictionary!!
12-20-2012, 04:42 PM   #18
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We're going through the virus with Grace too. No holiday fun here.

Here's some more texting that had me stumped.
SIL=sister-in-law
MIL=mother-in-law
BIL=brother-in-law
FIL=father-in-law
OMG=Oh my Gosh
BF=best friend.
TIS=Texting is stupid (Just made that up)

FWIW that's the depth of my texting knowledge.
12-20-2012, 05:25 PM   #19
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Sending hugs and healing thoughts your way Kathy...

I hope the Tamiflu kicks in fast and Brian is soon feeling fab, bless him.

Good luck! and Brian!

Dusty. xxx
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Hope the Tamiflu kicks in quick! I know what you mean about the texting. One of Andrew's friends texts the most bizarre abbreviations - no one can figure out what he means!
12-20-2012, 06:38 PM   #21
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So sorry to hear about your son's flu diagnosis. I am just praying that we don't pick anything up. We actually have had c-diff before and it isn't much fun. We were put on Augmentin and flagyl when we were trying to heal up our son's absyst on his bottom. The augmentin made his crohn's flare up with bleeding and diarehea. We then got off of that so that makes me wonder how we are going to handle antibiotics as well.
PS that is nice to read about texting abbreviations. I was wondering what they all meant. HA HA
12-20-2012, 06:55 PM   #22
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Ask the Gi if they will call in some zofran to keep the vomiting under control.
Sorry he is sick.
Hope he is up and running by Christmas.
12-22-2012, 05:34 PM   #23
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Sorry you guys are going through a tough time.C-diff is a nightmare.Max got pneumonia last week and ended up in the hospital getting antibiotics through an IV. He gets every illness known to man and then some.I blame it on the Humira.
12-22-2012, 08:52 PM   #24
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Kathy, did Brian get the flu vac?

Did your daughter tell you what LMFAO meant too?? Cause mine would have been quick to oblige!
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This is for Brian's Mom. I sympathize, C.Diff is awful,My daughter, still battling after her 4th round of Flagyl. For a few comfort measures: Prescription Rectal Phenergan has been a lifesaver for the nausea.Someone I saw suggested Zofran; also good-my daughter got headache from it, though. Good luck, I feel your frustration.
12-26-2012, 10:25 PM   #26
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The Tamiflu was Awesome!! He started feeling better the 2nd day into taking it. He ended up with just some sniffles.

Max's Mom: Is Max on weekly? Brian seems to be getting more sick after going weekly, but then I remind myself...everyone at school is sick! Last winter was so mild, and so far...so is this one. I heard people say this was going to be a bad sick season; for everyone! So Its probably not Humira. It just causes a problem with delaying his Humira. (The guessing game is what I hate!)

Dexky: We were wanting the flu shot, but everytime we were going to get it, he's get sick! I asked GI nurse today about it. She said the shot is mainly for the H1N1 etc which is influenza type A, He had type B. She said shot wouldn't have helped him.
And, yes...she defined LMFAO!! I immediately thought...How come I wasn't that funny? Only got a LMAO!

C diff seems to be gone. We're testing next week to be sure. He's had no symptoms even from day 1 of taking flagyl. I wonder if his body kicked it by itself. But glad we did flagyl. Brian never has any flagyl problems. It seems to help him.
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Thanks for the update Kathy. So fab to hear that the Tamiflu worked its magic, YAY!

Onwards and Upwards.
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12-28-2012, 07:34 PM   #28
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Glad you guys are doing better.Max is on weekly Humira.He just seems to get sick a lot.Not to long ago he had a staph and strep infection around the eye area.The only issue right now is the coughing that never seems to go away.I'm always waiting for the next thing to hit,I know there will be one.
12-29-2012, 10:46 AM   #29
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Glad to hear he's feeling better! This is an awful time of year for colds/flu. Devynn and I got out flu shot in Oct (first time in a couple of years) and I'm SO glad because everyone around us seemed to get the flu. We both got a fairly mild head cold.
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12-29-2012, 09:48 PM   #30
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