Strep Infections May Be Associated with ADHD
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Meanwhile, the study's authors caution against treating children with OCD or
ADHD with antibiotics in hope of improving those conditions. Of course, if a
child has a sore throat or an ear infection due to strep, antibiotics are
appropriate. But the researchers say they see no point in trying to use
antibiotics as a general preventative measure until we know far more about the
relationship among these three conditions and strep infections.
Wolraich and Schubiner say they agree with that conclusion. "Even if
ADHD did turn out to be due to an immunological reaction to a strep infection,
or to any infection, antibiotic treatment would not necessarily help, since you
have to treat the immune reaction, not the infection itself," Schubiner
The research was funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the
National Institutes of Health, and the Stanley Foundation of Muscatine,
- A new study has shown that children with ADHD are more likely to have high
levels of strep antibodies, suggesting a recent strep infection.
- Previously, scientists had suspected that strep infections were associated
with Tourette syndrome and OCD, but the new study did not find such an
- Researchers caution that giving antibiotics to prevent ADHD is not a good
option at this point.
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