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Strep Throat And Scarlet Fever Threatened Vacation

Author: Nikki S.
Skill: Yoga Instructor
Date: 02-02-2015
Views: 12,843
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Testimonial ID: 10462-OR
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Scientific Studies: 6

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Our oldest son (now 11 1/2) has a history of catching strep throat very easily. When he catches it, he always gets a rash known as scarlet fever. It typically begins on his torso but has spread from head to toe two of the four times that he has been treated with antibiotics.

In the summer of 2012, we picked our son up from a five-night Bible camp on a Friday afternoon, only to learn that his cabin counselor had been battling a severe sore throat since Thursday morning. Before we even finished the 90-minute drive home, our son was complaining of a sore throat.

We were leaving the next morning for a 6-hour drive to meet family at the Wisconsin Dells before heading to my in-laws' farm for the annual 4th of July celebration. He had no fever, so we put Thieves essential oil blend on his feet and got him to bed early.

Saturday morning his throat still hurt, and he had a low-grade fever; but he was excited for our trip. I sprayed his throat with Thieves Spray. This is not for the faint of heart, as this is not a pleasant experience. But it works wonders on sore throats.

By that evening, he hadn't complained much at all. Sunday was a big, long day of playing hard at a water park. By 3:00, our son was wiped out, which is very unlike him, so we knew he still wasn't feeling well. We left the park, grabbed an early dinner, and headed to our hotel to shower and get some rest.

After his shower, our son showed us the bad news. He had a tell-tale rash creeping up his tummy and lower back. A check of his temperature confirmed our fears: 101+ degrees Fahrenheit.

My heart sank, as we were out of state and not planning to return to our hometown for several more days. I sprayed his throat again, rubbed Thieves essential oil blend on everyone's feet (the five of us were in one hotel room, of course), tucked him into bed, and went onto the patio to call our pediatrician's office.

I begged the after-hours nurse to check his records (this would show that the rash + fever + sore throat always spelled strep for him) and call in a prescription to a pharmacy near my in-laws (where we'd be heading the next morning), but she refused. I hung up, concluding that we'd be having to head home rather than enjoy the family holiday.

Next I went to rub some Lavender essential oil on my son's rash. When he pulled up his pajama top, I was shocked. I'd expected to see more rash than before, but instead there was not a trace of it. I checked his temperature, which was now down to 99.5 degrees.

My husband and I just stared at each other. Never before had one of his rashes gone away without antibiotics. He slept soundly that night and rested in the car on the way to his grandparents' house the next day. He didn't complain of any more sore throat and was fine the rest of the visit.

Our daughter (one of those lucky children who vomits with strep throat) developed a fever and threw up one night on the farm. However, with Thieves essential oil blend, she too felt better the next day.

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Additional keyword(s) assigned by the editor: streptococcal, streptococcus, pharyngitis, tonsil, tonsils, nasopharyngitis, rhinopharyngitis, coryza, scarlet, scarlatina.

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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: sore-/-scratchy-throat — "The antibacterial activity of 14 essential oils and their major constituents in the gaseous state was evaluated against [respiratory tract pathogens] Haemophilus influenzae, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Streptococcus pyogenes, and Staphylococcus aureus. [The] oils [with cinnamon bark, lemongrass, and thyme being most potent] and their major constituents were shown to be effective against various bacteria tested.... These results indicate that the antibacterial action of essential oils was most effective when at high vapor concentration for a short time."Link
2.Associated topics: antibiotic — "As proven in vitro, essential oils [Eucalyptus, Melaleuca Alternifolia, Thyme, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Cinnamon, Grapefruit, Clove, Sandalwood, Peppermint, Sage] represent a cheap and effective antiseptic topical treatment option even for antibiotic-resistant strains [such] as MRSA and antimycotic [antifungal]-resistant Candida species."Link
3.Associated topics: fever-/-febrile -/-temperature — "[W]e studied the anti-inflammatory and gastroprotective effects of C. citratus [Lemongrass] and E. citriodora [Lemon Eucalyptus] essential oils on formol-induced edema and acetic acid induced abdominal cramps in Wistar rats.... In vivo analysis and histological assay showed that the two essential oils displayed significant dose-dependent edema [swelling] inhibition effect over time. They displayed strong analgesic [pain-relieving] and antipyretic [fever-reducing] properties similar to that induced by 50 mg/kg of acetylsalicylate of lysine.... This work demonstrates the anti-inflammatory property of Cymbopogon citratus [Lemongrass] and Eucalyptus citriodora [Lemon Eucalyptus], suggesting their potential role as adjuvant therapeutic alternatives in dealing with inflammatory-related diseases."Link
4.Associated topics: sore-/-scratchy-throat — "Streptococcus pyogenes [strep] plays an important role in the pathogenesis of tonsillitis.... [T]hyme, cinnamon, lemongrass, tea tree, lavender, oregano, clove, palmarosa, or cajeput [melaleuca] EOs [essential oils] are known to be active against Streptococcus pyogenes, while oregano, basil, mint [peppermint], rosemary, and lavender EOs are known to inhibit another Gram-positive bacteria, Staphylococcus aureus [staph].... We showed that cinnamon presented the higher activity against S. pyogenes compared to the other EOs tested.... 14 [essential oils] showed antibacterial activity against Streptococcus pyogenes.... Among them Cinnamomum verum [cinnamon bark], Cymbopogon citratus [Xiang Mao], Thymus vulgaris CT thymol [thyme], Origanum compactum [oregano], and Satureja montana [Mountain Savory] essential oils exhibited significant antibacterial activity. The in vitro results reported here suggest that, for patients suffering from bacterial throat infections, if aromatherapy is used, these essential oils, considered as potential antimicrobial agents, should be preferred."Link
5.Associated topics: fever-/-febrile -/-temperature — "Burn Healing Potential of Nigella sativa seed oil in rats.... Nigella sativa L. (Black cumin) has shown a broad spectrum of pharmacological effects like antipyretic [fever reducing], analgesic [pain reducing], anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial.... The present study suggests the burn wound healing action of seeds may be due to anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antimicrobial activities of major compounds in the oil."Link
6.Associated topics: sore-/-scratchy-throat — "[T]he antibacterial activity of lemongrass oil (LG) and its major components (citral, geraniol, and myrcene) against four strains of clinically isolated bovine mastitis pathogens (Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus agalactiae, Bacillus cereus, and Escherichia coli).., as well as their activity on S. aureus biofilm formation [were investigated].... [T]hey inhibit S. aureus biofilm formation and exhibit effective killing activities on preformed biofilms."Link

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