Saliva Test Results?

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In the afternoon, my 18 year old son in July got tonsillitis for the first time and finally healed in 2 weeks. On July 18, there were many canker sores (gums, tongue and throat) and a white tongue. On the first of August, all his canker sores were healed but white spots appeared on his tonsils. He had no fever, no flu, no pain in swallowing and also no swelling in his neck glands. NFinally, a saliva sample was taken and the results were … nLeukocytes 1-5 / LP nCoccus gram positive (++) nGram positive rods ( +) n Gram-negative (+) nYeast negative (-) nPseudohifa negative (-) n n What do you mean? Is it dangerous?

1 Answer:

Hello Rudianty, thank you for the question for

Maybe what you mean by a saliva test is a throat swab exam. From the results of your child's throat swab examination, your child has a bacterial infection in his throat (bacterial pharyngitis). The causes of bacteria can vary because several types of bacteria were found from the throat swab examination, including Streptococcus bacterial infection (or it could be Staphylococcus, not clearly described), Corynebacterium diphtheriae infection (the cause of diphtheria), Arcanobacterium haemolyticum infection, and Neisseria bacterial infection. (can be Neisseria meningitidis or Neisseria gonorrhoeae).

For a definite diagnosis, a match must be made to the clinical symptoms as well as a physical examination (including the characteristics of the white spots on your child's tonsils). Throat infection by the bacteria above can be dangerous if not treated properly. We recommend that you return to your pediatrician immediately for further evaluation and treatment. Your child will definitely need therapy with antibiotics, but the antibiotics given will be adjusted to the diagnosis of the possible bacteria causing the infection (each of the above bacteria can require a different antibiotic).

For the time being, because the diagnosis of diphtheria cannot be ruled out, you must prevent the possibility of transmission to people around your child. You must isolate your child strictly, the child must not go to a crowded place and cannot go to school for a while until it is absolutely certain that the infection is not a diphtheria infection. Your child should also wear a mask at all times, and cover their mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing. Make sure to wash your hands after coming in contact with fluids from the nose or throat. You can give soft food first if there is difficulty swallowing food. You should also advise your child to get more sleep and rest.

Here is an article that you can read about streptococcal and diphtheria infections

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