Streptococcus is a common type of bacteria
found in our bodies. It may be usually harmless and people carrying it
might not even be aware of it. Scientists have classified these bacteria
into several categories and named these groups after the alphabets.
However, some of its types can be quite harmful and might be responsible
for scarlet fever, pneumonia, meningitis and one of the most common
infections strep throat. This bacterium has round cells, attached in forms
of chains. The bacterium which causes strep throat is found in clusters in
our nostrils and throat cavities. So when a carrier sneezes or coughs it
makes the bacteria to spread through air making strep throat contagious.
The streptococci in group A are what gives us strep throat.
throat is a bacterial infection unlike other throat infections, which
might be viral; doctors often prescribe antibiotics to strep throat
patients. The antibiotic does not do anything for the disease but makes
sure that this bacterium does not spread further into your body. If the
bacteria are not controlled it may lead to other complications and your
throat infection might turn into something serious such as scarlet fever
or rheumatic fever. The second purpose of prescribing antibiotics is to
ensure that streptococcus is not transferred to others.
people might mistake strep throat for a common cold as the symptoms are
quite similar. A physician would do a rapid strep throat test or take a
throat swab and if streptococcus is found
in it, it means you have strep throat. What differentiates strep throat
from other throat infections are its accompanying symptoms which include;
high fevers; as high as 101F and would last for more than two days. A
strep throat patient may also experience loss of appetite, nausea and
vomiting along with severe headaches.
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