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Where Is Streptococcus Found?

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Aidan McCartney answered
Streptococcus is generally found in the throat and nose, although it can also occur in the skin.

Streptococcus is a contagious disease most commonly found in children under the age of 16. The main symptom is a very sore throat which can last for up to five days, this may require antibiotics to cure. Streptococcus can also cause headaches, body aches and nausea, similar symptoms to the common cold or flu.

It is easily transmitted amongst young children, which makes it vitally important that all drinking glasses and cooking utensils are carefully washed and cleaned before being reused.

Once identified, streptococcus can be dealt with by drinking lots of cold liquids, this will also help to prevent dehydration.

Acidic drinks such as orange juice are to be avoided because they irritate your throat, however, warm liquids such as soup or hot chocolate can be soothing, as can gargling warm salt water a couple of times per day.

Where antibiotics are required, it is important that the full course is completed to prevent any resumption. The antibiotic course can run to 10 days but a sufferer should see an improvement in the condition by the second day as the treatment takes effect.

It is important to get the correct diagnosis early and not to get streptococcus confused with other milder, less harmful ailments which are generally cleared within a day or two.

By following the prescribed solution, streptococcus can be contained and whilst highly irritating, completing the course of antibiotics will ensure a complete recovery and return to full health.

A vaccine has been developed against streptococcus but this is generally only used for adults over 65 years of age.
Lakshmipriya Nair Profile
Streptococcus is a type of spherical bacteria. These bacteria are known for their characteristic to occur in chains or pairs. They can infect the tonsillitis, cause scarlet fever and if not diagnosed and treated properly can lead to rheumatic fever. It can be treated or prevented with the help of penicillin and other appropriate antibiotics. They are gram positive bacteria and belong to the phylum Firmicutes.

It is a lactic acid bacterium which means that it is acid tolerant, non-sporulating and non-respiring by nature. It produces lactic acid as the residue of carbohydrate fermentation. This bacterium is also responsible for several other ailments like meningitis, bacterial pneumonia, endocarditis, erysipelas etc. this bacterium is found in the mouth, skin, throat, intestine and upper respiratory tract of humans.

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