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Are streptococcal infections serious?

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Can Be: Untreated streptococcal infection can cause permanent heart damage, kidney problems , arthritis, skin infections and more. That is why you should see your doctor if you have a sore throat to determine if you need antibiotics to prevent these complications.

Answered 10/2/2013

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Dr. Michael Ein answered

Specializes in Infectious Disease

Some are: Firstly, there are many different strains and species of streptococcus that cause human disease. Each species can cause both mild and serious disease. For example, streptococcus pyogenes (group a streptococcus) can cause a mild skin infection called impetigo or the limb and life threatening necrotizing fasciitis and streptococcal toxic shock syndrome.

Answered 10/13/2013

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