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Strep Throat Can Trigger Bizarre Behavior Disorders In Some Children

October 14, 2019


IT’S THAT TIME OF THE YEAR AGAIN. STREP THROAT SEASON. A COMMON PAINFUL INFECTION FOR YOUNG CHILDREN. FORTUNATELY ANTIBIOTICS ARE USUALLY A CURE. BUT DR. MAX GOMEZ TELLS US FOR A FEW CHILDREN, STREP THROAT CAN TRIGGER BIZARRE BEHAVIORAL DISORDERS. SEVERE TANTRUMS, OCD, AND TICKS, A RARE COMPLICATION CAUSED BY AN IMPRUNE SYSTEM IMMUNE SYSTEM THAT EFFECTS THE CHILD’S BRAIN. THIS KID TURNED INTO A DIFFERENT CHILD OVER NIGHT. THEY REMEMBER THE DAY THEIR WORLD CHANGED FOREVER. FEBRUARY 2nd 2007. IT WAS ALMOST PSYCHOTIC. SERIOUSLY. LIKE WHERE IS THIS KID? WHAT HAPPENED TO HIM? HE WAS 5.5 WHEN HE SUDDENLY CHANGED. TANTRUMS THAT COULDN’T BE CONTROLLED. DEBILITATING OCD. BRANDON WASN’T BRANDON. ONE DAY HE’S DOING HIS THING, REALLY HAPPY AND WANTING TO GO OUT AND DO HIS THING AND SUDDENLY THE NEXT DAY HE WAKES UP AND WE’RE NOT SURE WHAT’S GOING ON. DOCTORS SAY BECAUSE OF A STREP INFECTION, HE DEVELOPED PANDAS, WHICH STANDS FOR PEDIATRIC AUTOIMMUNE NEUROPSYCHIATRIC DISORDERS ASSOCIATED WITH STREPTOCOCCAL INFECTIONS. IT MEANS A CHILD GETS AN INFECTION. AND THE ANTIBODIES ATTACK THEIR BRAIN INSTEAD OF THE GERMS. A NEW DOCUMENTARY CALLED BY KID IS NOT CRAZY TELLS THE STORIES OF SEVERAL FAMILIES WHOSE CHILDREN SUFFER FROM PANDAS. THE VIOLENT OUTBURSTS. THE TICKS. THE TANTRUMS. AND EVEN THOSE PANDAS IS ESTIMATED TO EFFECT 1 IN 200 CHILDREN THE CONDITION IS OFTEN MISDIAGNOSED. ANTIBIOTICS ARE THE STANDARD OF TREATMENT. WITH THE KIDS WHERE IT ISN’T CAUGHT FOR YEARS ON END AND THEY’RE NOT PROPERLY TREATED, THERE CAN BE LIFE-LONG EFFECTS FROM IT. BRANDON’S CASE WAS CAUGHT EARLY, HIS PARENTS SAY HE’S DOING WELL THANKS TO EVEN MORE ADVANCED TREATMENTS. LIKE IVIG WHERE THE IMMUNE SYSTEM IS GIVEN A BOOST WITH HEALTHY DONOR ANTIBODIES. MANY CHILDREN HAVE TANTRUMS, OCD AND TICKS WHAT MAKES IT PANDAS IS THE SUDDEN DRAMATIC ONSET OF SYMPTOMS IN A CLOSELY RELATED TIME FRAME TO A STREP INFECTION. MOST CASES GET BETTER WITH ANTIBIOTICS, SYMPTOMS TAKE WEEKS TO GO AWAY, IT’S IMPORTANT TO GET THEM DIAGNOSED AND ON TREATMENT RIGHT AWAY. UNTREATED STREP THROAT CAN LEAD TO HEART PROBLEMS AS WELL. GET THAT THROAT CHECKED. SO STRIKING. WHO WOULD THINK. SOMETIMES THE INFECTIONS WILL SET OFF AUTOIMMUNE, TRIGGER AUTOIMMUNE REACTIONS.

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