A 5-year-old girl who eventually received a diagnosis of strep throat was suffering from the typical symptoms associated with the illness, but also one additional ailment that stood out: so-called strawberry tongue.
The girl, whose name was not revealed in an entry published in The New England Journal of Medicine, had a three-day history of fever, sore throat and pain while swallowing. She did not have a cough, runny nose or hoarseness, but she did have chapped lips and a red tongue with enlarged papillae, according to the report.
A throat culture showed positive for group A streptococcus, and her doctors diagnosed her with streptococcal pharyngitis, otherwise known as strep throat. The presence of strawberry tongue made her case stand out, but is not altogether unheard of.
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It was not clear if the symptom was bothersome for the girl, but strawberry tongue can be painful and irritating, according to Healthline.com.
Strawberry tongue itself is not a condition, but rather a symptom of something else. It can also be associated with Kawasaki disease, scarlet fever, allergies toxic shock syndrome or even vitamin deficiency, according to Healthline.com.
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The girl was prescribed oral amoxicillin for 10 days and had a complete recovery with no recurrence of symptoms.