The Medical Association of Athens appeals to her caution in the early and correct diagnosis of the invasive streptococcal disease from which they have come 11 children in our country.

The ISA was informed by the Panhellenic Federation of Independent Pediatricians that Recently, the phenomenon of many parents buying and doing it themselves has been increasing or at the pharmacy, the rapid strep test (Strep-Test) to their child who has a fever and sore throat.

ISA emphasizes that obtaining material to perform the stress test requires experience which the parent cannot have.

In rapid tests there is a possibility incorrect result. It may come out negative but the child may have streptococcal disease.

Additionally in the general population there is a percentage of healthy carriers of streptococcus. If a strep test is performed on these children, it is most likely that it will come out positive.

The ISA he points out that only the doctor is trained after the clinical examination to administer treatment or perform any medical procedure.

Parents should contact the pediatrician when their child presents symptoms such as fever, headache, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, cough, rash, etc.

For the prescription of an antibiotic for streptococcal pharyngitis, a relevant protocol is applied by the infection committee of the Ministry of Health, which clearly describes when the strep test should be done after a clinical examination.

Any other tactic can endanger children’s health.