Childhood Diseases

Posted by: BMJ | 2013/01/22



Dear doc. In december my 5 year old was sick for about 5 days with a fever and sore throat. I treated him with neurofen symptomatically and also used Andolac throat spray. For the last couple of weeks, he keeps complaining that his knee is sore. Especially going up and down stairs. But he has not fallen on the knee. This morning he struggled to walk. He seems to have difficulty straightening his knee. After a while it felt a bit better. And then he seemed fine again. But every now and again he will wince and say it is still sore. I don''t know if the two are related and whether I need to ask our doctor to see him. I have heard there is a link between sore throats and joint problems. What is your opinion please.

Expert's Reply



There is a strong relationship between tonsillitis especially tonsillitis caused by strep infection and joint disease in children. Rheumatic fever and juvenile rheumatoid arthritis are certainly linked to this kind of infection. Your son must be seen by a doctor.

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