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Strep A Pyogenes
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Not from you: The risks of transmission to family members of strep pyogenes from a person carrying it but with no symptoms seems to be very low (kaplan el, "the group a streptococcal upper respiratory tract carrier state: an enigma." j. Pediatr. 1980;97(3):337). The chances of becoming a strep carrier from being a school-aged child are high enough; one estimate is over 20%. ...Read more
Human pathogen. : Streptococcus pyogenes is a very important human pathogenic bacteria. It is the cause of "strep throat" and it's sequella rheumatic fever and glomerulnephritis. It also causes streptococcal necrotizing fasciitis "flesh eating bug" infections and streptococcal toxic shock syndrome. It also causes infections at many other anatomical sites. ...Read more
Bronchitis: Acute bronchitis is caused by viruses in >95% of cases. The remainder are predominantly bordetella pertussis (cause of whooping cough). It would be rare for strep pyogenes to be involved, but there may be some cases of exacerbations of chronic bronchitis in which they may be involved. ...Read more
Strep complications: Streptococcus pyogenes, the bacterial cause of "strep throat", can invade other organ systems and cause infection in in areas around the tonsils, lymph glands in the neck, middle ear, mastoid regions, sinuses, bones, lungs (pneumonia), kidneys and liver (toxic shock syndrome). The noninfectious complications include rheumatic fever, rheumatic heart disease and acute glomerulonephritis (kidneys). ...Read more
Two questions: Streptococci can create a wide variety of infections, but suspect you are referring to pharyngitis due to group a beta streptococcus pyogenes. Symptoms may be sore throat, fever, swollen temder lymph nodes, body aches will generally respond to treatment with nsaids, or more benignly, a hot bath. ...Read more
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