Streptococcus: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment of Infection

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Streptococcus is a bacterium of which there are several species and which can cause different types of infection depending on the area of ​​the body where it occurs. So let's see what symptoms can appear and what are the treatments to follow in case of streptococcal infection.



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Lo streptococcus it is a bacterium of which there are several species and which can cause different types of infection depending on the area of ​​the organism in which it occurs. Let's see then that symptoms can appear and what they are the treatments to follow in case of streptococcal infection.



Let's start by saying that there are approx 20 different species of strep but only some involve risks for our body. The most common ones that create pathological situations especially in children are streptococci beta-haemolytics of groups A and B.

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STREPTOCOCCUS SYMPTOMS

Group A streptococci can cause various diseases and symptoms such as sore throat, tonsillitis, pneumonia, scarlet fever and skin infections. In most cases the strep infection is due to the Streptococcus pyogenes which is part of group A and most often causes pharyngitis.

The symptoms that appear most frequently are therefore: red throat with or without plaque, swollen lymph nodes and tonsils, headache and fever. If the infection is not recognized and treated, the situation can worsen causing scarlet fever, rheumatic fever, impetigo or fourth disease.

We summarize the symptoms of group A streptococcus.

  • Sore throat
  • Tonsillitis
  • Pneumonia
  • Scarlet fever
  • Skin infections
  • Pharyngitis
  • Plaques in the throat
  • Swollen tonsils
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Headache
  • Temperature
  • Rheumatic fever
  • Impetigo
  • Scarlet fever
  • Fourth disease

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Group B streptococci can be more dangerous as they are responsible for meningitis, endocarditis, septic arthritis and septicemia.

These are the symptoms of the group B streptococcus.

  • Meningitis
  • Endocarditis
  • Septic arthritis
  • Septicemia

STRETCH IN PREGNANCY

Attention also to women pregnant: this type of streptococcus can in fact be found in the vaginal environment and in a normal period she would not have any kind of complications but the situation is different in case of imminent birth. The presence of this microorganism, in fact, can be dangerous for the newborn, which is why if streptococcus is detected in the vagina or anal, the woman will have to follow a antibiotic therapy during childbirth.



It is very important once the symptoms have been developed to understand if it is a streptococcal infection undergoing a swab, the simplest and safest way to be sure of the presence of this microorganism.

STRETCH IN CHILDREN

Streptococcus in children is a very common problem, especially among the little ones who go to kindergarten or school. This bacterium lurks in different areas of the body and can belong to different strains. Symptoms are also different in each case.

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CAUSES OF STR

How do you get strep? We often come into contact with the streptococcal bacteria that live in our organism in some cases asymptomatically. But when our immune system suffers a lowering of defenses here the more aggressive streptococcal species can take over by making one or more of the symptoms and pathologies listed above appear.

Certainly frequenting closed and crowded places as they often are kindergartens, schools, gyms, sports centers, etc. makes it especially children who are affected in most cases by streptococcus.

Let's summarize the causes of contagion and streptococcal infection.

  • Lowering of immune defenses
  • Attendance of closed and crowded places
  • Contact with aggressive streptococcal species
  • Transmission through the drops of saliva
  • Transmission through coughing and sneezing

STR, TREATMENTS AND NATURAL REMEDIES

In case of strep infection it is It is very important to follow a therapy to prevent the microorganism from spreading further aggravating the symptoms. Especially when it comes to children, it is important to follow the instructions of the pediatrician who will undoubtedly prescribe antibiotic therapy for a period of a few days to be evaluated case by case.



  • Antibiotic therapy prescribed by the doctor
  • Medicines recommended by the doctor
  • Ribes nigrum to support the immune system
  • Honey for cough and sore throat

there some natural remedies that can support the immune system in the fight against the bacterium (for example the ribes nigrum) or relieve symptoms of pharyngitis (such as honey) but they do not replace therapy stability to the doctor.

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