Is it PANDAS?
There’s nothing black and white about this mysterious and controversial diagnosis. If your child suffers sudden mental health problems following a case of strep throat, this autoimmune condition could be the cause.
Usually the dread that comes from your kid having strep throat is the extra-long Q-Tip swirl around the throat and tonsils — and its inevitable gag (and subsequent tears).
But if the culture pops up positive, you get a quick antibiotics prescription and your child is good as new in a matter of days.
Case closed, right?
Except for some kids, that’s not where it ends. Not by far.