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STREP THROAT

Causes

Strep throat is caused by the bacteria Beta Streptococci Group A. These bacteria can cause rheumatic fever and glomerulonephritis, a kidney disease. These complications are rare, but they do occur often enough to warrant prevention.

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Diagnosis

Diagnosis of strep throat may be suspected, but requires a throat culture to confirm. Throat cultures show:

  • Normal Flora, which means a virus is probably at fault.
  • Streptococci (strep throat)
  • Other pathogenic bacteria (beta street, not group A, Haemophiles, etc.)

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Treatment

Beta Street Group A sore throats should be treated with an antibiotic for a full ten (10) days. For other pathogenic bacteria, antibiotic use is optional depending upon the bacteria and severity of the illness.

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