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Transcript of Strep Throat
~Strep A is often on skin and on the inside of the throat and mostly happen to adult and children.
~Strep B is more of an infection and mostly in Newborns.
Conditions of Streptococcus
Effects of the Body
~Strep throat is a bacterial infection in the throat and the tonsils.
Bacterial or Viral
Patients who have reported symptoms like irritated through and high fever can have a culture taken. If the culture comes back as positive the patient will be given antibiotics , penicillin is the most popular medicine for this virus.
The cause of strep throat is due to streptococcal bacteria infecting the throat or tonsils.
Causes of the Virus
Streptococcus can be a community-acquired sickness. It is acquired by an infection of the throat, usually passed on from another person. It is highly contagious, making it easily spread.
Coughing, sneezing, breathing, sharing drinks, and pretty much everything that involves the exchanging of saliva.
Passed to one another by...
Most likely to become infected
Misc. Facts and Info
People who still have their tonsils in are sometimes found to be more likely to be infected with streptococcus bacteria. It's also most common in children and teens ages 5-15.
In rare, but serious cases, if not treated properly, streptococcus can lead to rheumatic fever. This fever is a very dangerous and serious disease. It can cause permanent heart damage by causing the heart to beat more rapidly than normal, also damaging the heart valves.
The most common symptoms of strep throat are:
A sudden, severe sore throat.
Pain when you swallow.
Fever over 101°F (38.3°C).
Swollen tonsils and lymph nodes.
White or yellow spots on the back of a bright red throat.
The survival rate before antibiotics was 54%, but now, after a cure was found, the survival rate is very high and rarely any one is killed by this illness.
The usual cure for strep throat is penicillin although it has failed to treat patients in the past, so doctors also prescribe cephalosporins like cephalexin.
Some people are carriers of the strep through virus, these people can have the bacteria in their through, but will not show any symptoms. They will simply pass it on to other people without the need of being treated.
Streptococcus claimed the life of Jim Henson, the creator of the Muppets.