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What Is Strep Throat?

June - 17 - 2013

Streptococcus is a genus of gram-positive bacteria. Some types of streptococcus are part of the normal flora of the body. Other Streptococcus is pathogenic. Streptococci are immobile, divide in one plane, are catalase negative, oxidase negative, anaerobic or facultative anaerobes.

In 1984, doctors used to believe that streptococci are the two main types: Enteroccocus and Lactococcus.

What is strep throat? Strep throat is an inflammation caused by this bacterium named Streptococcus.

Can a strep throat, tonsillitis a hit in the joints, heart and nerve network? It seemed like a freak and, yet, if in the throat put its tail a microbe, beta-hemolytic streptococcus, is reached troublesome knees, architecture and even worrisome heart tremors.

Although there’s a world of doctors, throat infection with Streptococcus microbe “licks” joints and bite fiercely in the heart. Forms of rheumatic fever and streptococcal tonsillitis occurred in these ravaged 30-40 years ago, when beta-hemolytic streptococcus was not found.

But the body responds to this type of Streptococcus antibodies and immunity which, ironically, attack also the heart, and articulations, because the bug has components similar to heart and joint tissues. Between initial infection of beta-hemolytic streptococcal throat type and occurrence of rheumatic fever go two to five weeks.

Rheumatic fever, strep throat complication on sore joints produces inflammation in the joints over legs. But rheumatic fever following throat infection does not leave neglected in the joints. But complication has arisen in the heart of throat infection sequelae at heart, namely mitral stenosis with heart valve damage, pericarditis with fluid in the pericardium (heart lining) and may even reach the heart muscle disease of patients with heart failure.

When joints are attacked, they swell, turn red, and become painful after assaulting large joints of the feet moving to other joints. Beta-hemolytic streptococci that infect the throat, when well treated and not discovered in time, affects the central nervous system, occurring disease called chorea, the involuntary movements of hands, face, skin nodules and rashes.

If you are not clear about what is strep throat exactly you should know that its symptoms are quite usual: the throat is sore, severe pain also at the abdomen, nausea, headaches, ear pains, difficulty in swallowing.

Strep throat will be detected by the pharyngeal exudate and by a large ASO. Leukocytes are increased, blood flow is high, fibrinogen is increased and have been made ​​investigations at heart. Treatment of acute infectious rheumatism is aspirin and cortisone treatment the rebels. Against strep throat you should resort to penicillin and erythromycin. Treatment with beta-hemolytic streptococcal throat infection type promptly avoids complication by rheumatic fever. However, before taking any treatments, consult your personal physician and make sure they are not prescribing you the wrong medication. It may seem silly to think about it, but thousands of accident medical negligence claims occur each year due to medication and pharmacy errors. So, in order to avoid having to do with accident medical negligence claims, double-check with your physician and your pharmacist before purchasing and taking the medication. Other than that, try for the future to prevent having a strep throat, rather than treating it.

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