Children can develop tics and compulsions associated with OCD after contracting infections like strep throat, experts are warning.
According to koodakpress، A common and painful infection for young children, strep throat is typically treated using antibiotics.
However, for a small number of patients it can cause bizarre behavioural disorders such as severe tantrums, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and even tics.
So, what is strep throat?
Otherwise known as ‘streptococcal pharyngitis’, the infection affects the back of the throat causing pain, swollen glands and discomfort when swallowing, and can be spread in droplets in coughs and sneezes, the NHS says.
But, while most people with a minor strep infection go on to make a full recovery, there is a small risk that it could cause a rare complication that attacks the brain.
One family affected by the condition revealed that their son, Brandon, who was five and a half at the time, suddenly changed, going from a happy-go-lucky kid to having extreme tantrums and exhibiting signs of debilitating OCD.
“It was almost psychotic,” Brandon’s mother, Bonnie Markowitz, told CBS New York.
Doctors say that the shift in the young boy’s behaviour was the result of a complication called PANDAS, which stands for Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal infections.